Campus Models and Case Studies

Bronx Community College
Faculty Development for Student Success at Bronx Community College

Colleges and universities often have some form of first-year orientation to help both students and faculty become acquainted with the institution and learn about basic logistical procedures and key offices on campus. Many institutions are now expanding on new students’ orientation through first-... Read More

Northern Illinois University

Faculty and administrators at Northern Illinois University (NIU) don’t mince words when they talk about the university’s previous general education program. It was “a menu-driven sprawl,” perceived by students to be “disconnected and pointless,” according to a report drafted by the task force... Read More

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

Stanford University

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

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

Manchester Community College
A Roadmap for Student Success at Manchester Community College

Hiring new faculty members is hard enough in a time of fiscal austerity, but getting the funds to hire more student support personnel can be even harder. “Our support staff is way out of proportion to what we need for our student population—we have only five professional advisors for 7,700... Read More

University of Houston-Downtown
High school students learn about water quality and wetland ecology during the Buffalo Bayou Cleanup hosted by the University of Houston–Downtown.

Faculty and students at the University of Houston–Downtown (UHD) have long been engaged with the surrounding Houston community—“it was one of the things that actually attracted me to this position,” says William Flores, president of UHD. But despite the broad range of projects carried out by... Read More

Charles and Stella Guttman Community College
Students at the 2013 Summer Bridge Program wear color-coded shirts matched to their "houses"--the learning communities to which they belong throughout their first year at the college.

Building a college from scratch presents a lot of challenges, but it's also "fantastically freeing to be able to start fresh," says Scott Evenbeck, president of Charles and Stella Guttman Community College. Guttman is the newest community college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system... Read More

Wake Forest University
The College to Career Community connects with a network of faculty, staff, and alumni who can answer questions about potential career paths. (Photo courtesy of Ken Bennett)

Wake Forest University students have a reputation for drive and achievement, both during and after college. Alumni surveys over the last several years show almost 95 percent of Wake graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of completing their undergraduate degree... Read More

Austin Peay State University
Students from Ilza Harrell's Spanish course teach English courses and practice their own Spanish skills at a community center—an important opportunity for students to engage with the community and practice language skills in a real-world setting.

The positive effects of High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPS) on student engagement and success are well documented. But getting students involved in some practices isn't always easy—especially practices that require significant time on site, such as undergraduate research, service learning,... Read More

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