Integrative Learning

There is a growing national emphasis on fostering undergraduate students’ integrative learning through multiple forms of engaged educational experiences. As learning across boundaries becomes a signature characteristic of a 21st century liberal education, curricular, co-curricular, and pedagogical innovations call for new forms of cross-cutting faculty oversight to discern the quality and level of students’ overall integrative learning. Such oversight is in addition to the responsibility that the faculty already have for the effectiveness of the curriculum in their own departments and across general education.

Campus Models and Case Studies

Montgomery College

Preparing Faculty to Facilitate Global Learning at Montgomery College

Montgomery College, a Maryland community college just north of Washington, DC, boasts an exceptionally diverse student body, with over 164 nationalities represented. Given the global nature of the... Read More
Wellesley College

Integrative Learning from First to Final Year at Wellesley College

When Wellesley College joined AAC&U’s project on Faculty Leadership for Integrative Liberal Learning, the faculty and administrators started out by conducting an inventory of the college’s... Read More
The iCons Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Problems-Based Science Education: The iCons Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

The new Integrated Sciences Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as its name suggests, houses labs and classrooms for students and faculty from several departments. But some of the... Read More
The new Pathways requirement at SCU extends general education into the junior and senior years and asks students to think reflectively about their education.

Encouraging Integrative Learning through Pathways and E-Portfolios at Santa Clara University

When Santa Clara University (SCU) began revising its core curriculum in 2005, it identified integrative learning as a crucial element of the university’s identity and mission. It’s not an uncommon... Read More
The new "Archways" curriculum at Nebraska Wesleyan University features an integrated core organized around pressing global issues and requires all students to participate in experiential learning.

An Integrative Approach to Global Learning at Nebraska Wesleyan University

Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU), a private liberal arts university in Lincoln, Nebraska, is in the process of developing a new general education program. The new program, titled "Archways," would... Read More
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