Campus Models and Case Studies

Mount Holyoke College
Mount Holyoke College students use a campus lake as their laboratory in a Restoration Ecology course, one of many that connects classroom learning with real-life applications.

With the value of college increasingly being questioned as tuition continues to rise and the job market remains weak, how, asks Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella, “do we articulate the value of a liberal education in a compelling way to those outside of the academy?” At Mount... Read More

University of Iowa
Students who have Iowa GROW conversations with their supervisors are more likely to report that they find connections between their work and their academics and that they are developing broadly applicable skills like written and oral communication.

The Division of Student Affairs is the largest employer of undergraduate students at the University of Iowa. The division’s employment network—which includes dining services, residence halls, and a research hospital—provides jobs for more than 2,000 students every year. So when student affairs... Read More

Santa Clara University
The new Pathways requirement at SCU extends general education into the junior and senior years and asks students to think reflectively about their education.

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 learning goal, and many of the requirements SCU has implemented to engage students in integrative... Read More

Winona State University
The new sustainability minor brings a formal academic dimension to Winona State’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.

When Winona State University signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007, the university undertook a series of initiatives to reduce the campus’s environmental footprint. Divisions from across the southern Minnesota university—purchasing, facilities, dining... Read More

Charles and Stella Guttman Community College
Students at the 2013 Summer Bridge Program wear color-coded shirts matched to their "houses"--the learning communities to which they belong throughout their first year at the college.

Building a college from scratch presents a lot of challenges, but it's also "fantastically freeing to be able to start fresh," says Scott Evenbeck, president of Charles and Stella Guttman Community College. Guttman is the newest community college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system... Read More

Wake Forest University
The College to Career Community connects with a network of faculty, staff, and alumni who can answer questions about potential career paths. (Photo courtesy of Ken Bennett)

Wake Forest University students have a reputation for drive and achievement, both during and after college. Alumni surveys over the last several years show almost 95 percent of Wake graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of completing their undergraduate degree... Read More

Eastern Connecticut State University
Eastern Connecticut State University

Eastern Connecticut State University, the designated public liberal arts university of Connecticut, has a long history of providing applied learning opportunities, including undergraduate research, service learning, internships, and other preprofessional experiences. In fact, a survey conducted... Read More

Stanford University
STS majors in Professor Allison Carruth’s senior colloquium, “Food in Information Age,” at the Stanford Community Farm. A group of students in class used the farm as a case study for how evolving technologies have shaped agriculture and contemporary food culture.

C.P. Snow first warned against "the two cultures"—the divide between the hard sciences and the social sciences and humanities—in 1959, but many campus structures still reflect this split today. "But students actually live in a very different world," says Fred Turner, director of the Science,... Read More

University of Wisconsin–Whitewater
The liberal education outcomes align well with work place skills and goals, say University Center staff. Knowledge of human cultures and a sense of personal and social responsibility—two of the LEAP essential learning outcomes—are also important capacities for employees working in the University Center. (Photo Courtesy of University of Wisconsin–Whitewater)

The University of Wisconsin system has been a partner in Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP), AAC&U's national initiative to advance the importance of a twenty-first-century liberal education, almost since its inception—the state of Wisconsin... Read More

Lynn University
More than 90 percent of students at Lynn University choose professional majors, such as business or communications.

When Lynn University Vice President for Academic Affairs Cynthia Patterson first launched a committee to extensively redesign the university's general education program, she expected some resistance from the faculty. So did Associate Professor Katrina Carter-Tellison, the university's core... Read More