Campus Models and Case Studies

University of Massachusetts Amherst
The iCons Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

The new Integrated Sciences Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as its name suggests, houses labs and classrooms for students and faculty from several departments. But some of the donors who had helped fund the new building expressed concern over whether the title “integrated”... 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

Nebraska Wesleyan University
The new "Archways" curriculum at Nebraska Wesleyan University features an integrated core organized around pressing global issues and requires all students to participate in experiential learning.

Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU), a private liberal arts university in Lincoln, Nebraska, is in the process of developing a new general education program. The new program, titled "Archways," would replace the sixteen-year-old "Global Citizenship Preparation" curriculum. But despite what the... Read More

City University of Hong Kong
City University of Hong Kong

Graduates of Hong Kong's eight public universities consistently score near the top on international assessments of science and mathematics. But despite these scores, government and business leaders in Hong Kong feared their region's students weren't developing the kind of integrative thinking... 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 Maryland at College Park
The I-series courses, a new general education requirement unique to UMD, introduce students to inquiry-based learning in their first two years on campus. These courses “invert the curricular pyramid” by focusing a specific problem or issue, rather than giving the broad disciplinary survey common in introductory courses. (Photo courtesy of John T. Consoli/University of Maryland)

A 2008 survey conducted by AAC&U revealed that a large number of colleges and universities are reforming their general education programs, revamping old distribution requirements or adding new elements to engage students in more integrative and active learning. The University of Maryland at... 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

State University of New York at Potsdam
SUNY-Potsdam

All too often college learning occurs in isolated departments that don't communicate with each other, says Gerald Lee Ratliff, associate vice provost of academic affairs at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam. "Particularly when finances are tight, we tend to retreat into our... 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

College of Wooster
College of Wooster

When College of Wooster Assistant Professor Meagen Pollock stands in front of one of her geology courses, she's thinking beyond what her students need to accomplish during that class period, or even during that semester. Pollock is constantly thinking about how she can ensure that her students—... Read More

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