In 2006, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) convened a committee of eighteen of the biggest names in engineering—including former US secretary of defense William Perry and Google cofounder Larry Page—to examine the toughest issues facing the world in the twenty-first century.... Read More
Campus Models and Case Studies
Facing today’s most urgent challenges takes more than disciplinary knowledge. It takes good citizens.
To prepare students for their future roles as leaders, humanitarians, and innovators, academic departments across the country are infusing civic learning into the traditional disciplinary... Read More
For decades, Radford University—a public university in Radford, Virginia—has been proud to engage students through high-impact practices (HIPs).
But in 2010, when the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools asked Radford to develop a quality enhancement... Read More
The road from a community college to a four-year college or university can be a fraught one, filled with bureaucratic red tape and logistical difficulties. The North Texas Community College Consortium (NTCCC)—founded in 1989 and now comprising twenty-one community colleges collectively attended... Read More
St. Lawrence University is the sort of place most people probably think of when they hear “liberal arts college”—small student body, residential campus in rural Upstate New York, and a curriculum that emphasizes the traditional liberal arts and sciences, with little in the way of technical or... Read More
Imagine a different type of undergraduate education, one that completely breaks from the division between general education and the major. In fact, there are no majors in this system, nor any of the disciplinary boundaries that majors entail. Instead, students declare a “mission”—a statement of... Read More
“Why do I have to take this course?” It’s a question that most faculty members have probably heard at some point—especially if they teach courses that satisfy general education requirements. The General Education (GE) Pathways program, first developed at California State University–Chico and now... Read More
Montgomery College, a Maryland community college just north of Washington, DC, boasts an exceptionally diverse student body, with over 164 nationalities represented. Given the global nature of the student body, faculty and staff have long made it a priority to create a more globalized curriculum... Read More
When Wellesley College joined AAC&U’s project on Faculty Leadership for Integrative Liberal Learning, the faculty and administrators started out by conducting an inventory of the college’s existing integrative learning practices. They found that the Massachusetts liberal arts college was... Read More
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