Campus Models and Case Studies

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

Community College of Baltimore County, Howard Community College
The Global Distinction Program at Howard Community College and the Community College of Baltimore County infuses core classes with global content and perspectives. (Photo courtesy of Howard Community College)

Preparing students to solve problems in an increasingly globalized century is an important task for colleges and universities, and a considerable challenge—especially for community colleges, where both students and the colleges themselves may have fewer resources to devote to expensive new... 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

Queensborough Community College
Queensborough Community College

The first semester of college is crucial for students at any institution, but it's especially important at Queensborough Community College (QCC), where many students are the first in their families to attend college and may be unprepared for the transition from high school. For these students,... Read More

Ohio State University
Ohio State University

Nearly all of Ohio State University's (OSU) 40,000-some undergraduate students take at least one science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) course as part of their general education requirements. And yet these fields have some of the greatest difficulty recruiting and retaining... Read More

Mercy College
Students in the PACT program connect with their mentors before they even arrive on campus, and continue to interact regularly with the same person throughout their four years.

William Martinov Jr., executive director of institutional advancement at Mercy College, notes a reality that nearly everyone in higher education acknowledges: students' experiences in college can be very fragmented. "Higher education is 'siloed.' There are passionate people in student life, in... Read More

Salt Lake Community College
SLCC, a large community college with more than a dozen instructional sites, developed collegewide learning outcomes and asks students to demonstrate their mastery of these outcomes in their electronic portfolios.

In David Hubert's political science class at Salt Lake Community College, students analyze campaign finance data and write papers about recent elections in Utah. In Kati Lewis's composition class, students write papers in different genres—such as a position paper, a review, and a memoir—all on... Read More

Eastern Oregon University
Students in a first-year seminar about conducting original research studied EOU seniors and determined that professor-student interactions were very important to their success.

Eastern Oregon University has faced challenges in the past several years that were disheartening even for an institution founded on a sense of can-do frontier optimism. The university, an institution of about 3,700 students located in La Grande, Oregon, serves a remote rural area the size of... Read More

Georgia Highlands College
Georgia Highlands College

For some first-year students, the "vocabulary of college" is a native language they've been hearing all their lives. They understand terms like "prerequisite" and "non-credit-bearing course"—or they know who to ask if they don't understand. But for many of the students at Georgia Highlands... Read More

University of Central Florida
The English and math departments at UCF recruited new instructors with extensive teaching experience who were willing to participate in ongoing professional development.

When administrators at the University of Central Florida conducted an internal research study in early 2009 to determine how class size could affect student success and retention rates in gateway courses, they found that smaller classes probably wouldn't affect student success—with two important... Read More