Campus Models and Case Studies

Elon University
Elon staffers Ray Pruitt (physical plant), Susan Patton (registrar's office), Christopher Eyl (university relations), and David Morton (university relations) each completed a service sabbatical.

In the past five years at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, in-depth service projects have included renovating a house, creating program materials for a women's shelter, clearing hiking trails for the forestry department, and recording a CD with local musicians to raise money for charity... Read More

McDaniel College
Students in a biology Complementary Curricular Network—a series of linked courses and research opportunities—gather data in Alaska

In assistant professor Peter Craig's Kitchen Chemistry course, first-year college students sniff spices, boil vegetables, and investigate the properties of baking powder. His colleague Shabbir Mian's students use prisms and spectroscopes to answer questions about natural phenomena like sunsets... Read More

University of Southern Maine
A public university in Portland, Maine, USM is in the midst of comprehensive general education reform.

Comprehensive general education reform is a long-term process that requires careful planning and consensus building. At the University of Southern Maine (USM), faculty and administrators embarked upon such reform in 2001 at the prompting of the school's provost, Joseph Wood. Six years later,... Read More

San José State University
San Jose State

Over the past decade, San José State University (SJSU) has introduced a series of general education reforms that have placed the campus at the forefront of efforts to design more effective curricula. In the 1990s—a time when general education outcomes assessment was still uncommon—the campus set... Read More

Bard College
Bard College

Bard College, a small, private school situated in New York's Hudson River Valley, has a long history of curricular innovation. Since the 1930s, the college has required that students undergo an evaluation of learning midway through their undergraduate years and... Read More

Arizona State University
Arizona State University

"Sustainability" has in recent years become a watchword in global development and environmental fields. Focusing on a nexus of ecological, economic, and social needs, the sustainability movement seeks to ensure that development and prosperity in the present are not purchased at the expense of... Read More

Duke University
The Focus cluster on evolution and humankind visits the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina.

For the past fifteen years, Duke University's Focus Program has given entering students the chance to pursue intensive study in thematically linked courses. The program, which is housed in Trinity College and the Pratt School of Engineering, brings undergraduates together with faculty from... Read More

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