Campus Models and Case Studies

University of Houston-Downtown
High school students learn about water quality and wetland ecology during the Buffalo Bayou Cleanup hosted by the University of Houston–Downtown.

Faculty and students at the University of Houston–Downtown (UHD) have long been engaged with the surrounding Houston community—“it was one of the things that actually attracted me to this position,” says William Flores, president of UHD. But despite the broad range of projects carried out by... Read More

University of Alabama
GPS holds several resource fairs througohut the year where student parents can learn about summer camps, day care, and other services—many of which are free or low cost.

Walking around the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, one could get the impression that the institution serves only “traditional” students—young, single, and childless. There are few children to be seen, even though about 10 percent of the university’s students are parents. “Student... 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

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

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Ivy Tech Community College
IUPUI-Ivy Tech Office of Coordinated Programs

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is less than three miles from the Central Indiana campus of Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana's statewide community college system. The two institutions would seem to be natural partners for transfer, but until 1990 IUPUI did not accept... 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

Austin Peay State University
Students from Ilza Harrell's Spanish course teach English courses and practice their own Spanish skills at a community center—an important opportunity for students to engage with the community and practice language skills in a real-world setting.

The positive effects of High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPS) on student engagement and success are well documented. But getting students involved in some practices isn't always easy—especially practices that require significant time on site, such as undergraduate research, service learning,... Read More

Mt. San Antonio College
Mt. San Antonio College

With nearly 60,000 students, Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) is one of the largest community colleges in California. The institution has to serve a diverse range of student needs, including transfer to four-year institutions. The honors program at Mt. SAC offers a rigorous pathway for... Read More

Belmont University
Belmont University

Belmont University, like many other colleges and universities, has a robust first-year orientation program and course sequence to help students adjust to college-level work and life on campus. Fewer institutions have programs that specifically address the needs of sophomore students, but faculty... 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

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