Campus Models and Case Studies

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

University of North Texas
UNT is the largest provider of distance learning in Texas, and faculty wondered if they could apply some online teaching innovations to traditional classrooms. (Photo courtesy of University of North Texas/University Relations, Communications and Marketing)

In the mid-2000s, the University of North Texas was pioneering distance learning methods, providing more online instruction than any other institution in the state. But the new pedagogies being created and refined for these online classes—taken mostly by graduate students and adult learners—were... Read More

University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wisconsin-Madison

One of the first things you notice on the homepage of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Cross-College Advising Service (CCAS) is a link: "Learn why it's okay to be undecided," it reads.  Following the link pulls up a presentation detailing the reasons why it is perfectly acceptable—and even... Read More

Tidewater Community College
Teaching methods like learning communities help students understand how different disciplines are connected.

Tidewater Community College mathematics instructor Joseph Joyner knows that many of his students aren't exactly thrilled to be in one of his classes. "A lot of my students come to math without a feeling of security, and they don't want to be here. They've had bad math experiences," he explains.... Read More

St. Lawrence University
Faculty in the first-year program use pedagogies like reflective journals, community-based learning, and decentered, democratic classrooms in their teaching.

In St. Lawrence University professor Patti Frazer Lock’s first-year program course, her fifty students have lots of opportunities for interaction and collaborative learning. “I put all their names into a statistical package and hit randomize, so every class, they’re working in different groups,... Read More

Estrella Mountain Community College
"For first-generation students in particular, we need to extend the learning environment outside the classroom as much as we can," explains Kathleen Iudicello, division chair of liberal arts at Estrella Mountain.

An educationally significant springtime ritual has taken root at Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale, Arizona. Now in its third year, the Maricopa Student Conference draws students out of their individual classrooms to share their academic research in an interdisciplinary scholarly... Read More

Rhodes College
Rhodes College

Rhodes College’s campus in midtown Memphis, Tennessee, has a fence around it—a literal dividing line between the college and the city. But that doesn’t mean the 1,700 students at Rhodes live on an island, cut off from the community outside. In fact, just the opposite is true. Rhodes has had... Read More

Highline Community College
Highline Community College

Barbara Clinton hadn't been planning to start an honors program. She was a professor of speech communication at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington, five years ago, when a student stopped by her office to say goodbye. He was leaving Highline, having earned his associate's degree... Read More

St. Olaf College
St. Olaf

At many colleges and universities, math departments operate as "filters," sifting out all but the strongest students until only a small number remain as math majors. At St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, the opposite is true. There, the math department aims to work as a "pump," infusing... Read More

Bellevue Community College
Bellevue Community College seeks to ensure that all students benefit from a liberal education.

A recent report released by AAC&U asserts the importance of a liberal education for all students, regardless of the type of institution they attend or the field of study they pursue. College Learning for the... Read More