Campus Models and Case Studies

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

University of Michigan
University of Michigan

When University of Michigan Assistant Professor Michelle Lee McClellan and the undergraduate students in her History at Work course began researching the history of the New Deal-era camp structures in Michigan’s Waterloo State Recreational Area in 2008, they thought they had a storybook heroes-... Read More

California State University-Chico
California State University at Chico developed its Town Hall program for first-year students to help them connect their classroom learning with the wider world of public discourse.

California State University-Chico Dean of Undergraduate Education William Loker remembers an evening in the fall of 2007 when he and a visitor from the CSU chancellor's office mingled with students and faculty members after a "town hall" meeting in which students led discussion groups about... 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

Michigan State University
The 21st-Century Chautauqua project is a model for encouraging a culture of civility in MSU's living and learning communities.

When Michigan State University senior Melissa Clark first heard that the university was looking for students interested in participating in a series of dialogues, she was intrigued. When she learned that the dialogues would focus on topics of sustainability and human rights, and that students... Read More

University of Rochester
The University of Rochester received a grant to infuse entrepreneurial education into six campus schools--including music, nursing, and education.

The word entrepreneurship often is associated with business terms like sweat equity, startup costs, and the liberating phrase, "Be your own boss." Revenue, ROI, and profit are typical measures of entrepreneurial success, at least for the typical entrepreneur. And becoming an... Read More