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Since transfer students enroll at different points in their academic career and have had various educational and life experiences, their needs also vary. Many faculty and staff do not know how transfer-in ready their four-year college or university really is. How easy is it for a prospective student to actually transfer in? And what resources are available?

At many colleges, advising is siloed outside the faculty through staff advisors, career center advisors, and outsourced coaches. Meanwhile, intellectual mentorship is often separated from advising, left to faculty generosity or chance. This segmented approach is a missed opportunity for liberal arts colleges to deliver on one of their most compelling features: an integrated student experience.

I’m generally wary of the open curriculum approach to general education, in which students take any courses they want. Some students may be at a disadvantage when it comes to the curricular and cultural decoding they will have to do. Rather than throw out the idea of an open approach to general education entirely, this article suggests several best practices that may allow for greater inclusion and deeper learning for all students.

The cohort model that we recommend for closing equity gaps and building community works in both online and face-to-face learning environments, in boutique programs and at liberal arts colleges, and even for entire undergraduate populations at large comprehensive universities.

It’s been three months since the historic occupation of the US Capitol. In the weeks since, many Americans—including graduates of US colleges and universities—have made statements that ignore current realities and deny our history. The Learning Zone theory can help educators create environments where our students feel safe enough to share ideas, test out new ways of seeing the world, admit they may have misunderstood or believed wrong information, and listen to the ideas of others.

Your campus-based open educational resources (OER) initiatives need not be massive, resource-intensive, or exhaustive; however, they do require strategic planning, targeted approaches, collaborative leadership, and goal-oriented advocates. In this article, two OER advocates share how low-cost course materials made a difference for their students.

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