Campus Models and Case Studies

University of North Carolina system

In each of the last four years, the University of North Carolina (UNC) system office has hosted an annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference, at which teams of students from each of the system’s seventeen campuses present their ideas for new ventures to address pressing social issues, both local... Read More

Wofford College

Wofford College, a private liberal arts institution in Spartanburg, SC, is doing everything it can to engage students as soon as they enter the college. First-year students encounter an extended orientation, a common reading program, and interdisciplinary, writing-intensive seminars focused on... Read More

Middlebury College
 	Middlebury programs like the Project on Creativity and Innovation, the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and MiddCORE "liberate students from constraining frameworks" and allow them to design their own learning experiences, Jon Isham says.

Middlebury College has a long-standing commitment to encouraging students to apply their learning beyond the classroom and develop a sense of social responsibility.  Since 2007, the college has made a particular effort to provide more opportunities for students to pursue social entrepreneurship—... Read More

Winona State University
The new sustainability minor brings a formal academic dimension to Winona State’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.

When Winona State University signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007, the university undertook a series of initiatives to reduce the campus’s environmental footprint. Divisions from across the southern Minnesota university—purchasing, facilities, dining... Read More

University of Virginia
The Young Women Leaders Program at the University of Virginia trains college women to mentor middle school girls, providing educational and leadership opportunities for both mentors and mentees

When faculty at the University of Virginia (UVA) Women’s Center were brainstorming new ideas for programs to help university women, Edith “Winx” Lawrence had an idea that would take their efforts beyond the campus and into the community. “I suggested maybe the best way to help college women... Read More

Governors State University
Governors State University

Governors State University (GSU), one of the last "upper-division" schools in the United States, serves an undergraduate population composed entirely of transfer students, largely from south Chicago-area community colleges. GSU students are all commuters, mostly attending classes at night, with... Read More

Rutgers University–Newark
Public service students are required to complete at least two internships to graduate. However, many other classes also involve elements of service learning with community and global partners. (Copyright Rutgers University, Newark)

When the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University-Newark began designing an undergraduate program to complement the school's masters' and doctoral programs, the chancellor of the university gave the faculty a particular charge: "to come up with a curriculum that... Read More

Florida International University
Florida International University

Florida International University (FIU), as its name suggests, was founded with a distinctly global outlook. The Miami-based university is known for its extensive area studies and diverse faculty and student population—FIU's student body is composed of 81 percent ethnic and racial minority... Read More

Pomona College
Pomona College

The Pomona Student Union (PSU) has never shied away from controversial discussions—so long as that controversy is focused on ideas, and so long as the discussion remains civil. Student-founded and entirely student-run, the PSU is dedicated to promoting open dialogue about issues that aren't... Read More

Tulane University
Engaging in public service has given many Tulane students a stronger sense of connection with the New Orleans community, which has aided in student retention, one administrator says. (Photo courtesy of Tulane Publications)

Although many graduate-level public health programs are designed to produce field-specific practitioners, the undergraduate program in public health at Tulane University is a broad-based academic degree, says Jeffery Johnson, associate dean of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine... Read More

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