Campus Models and Case Studies

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

Mt. San Antonio College
Mt. San Antonio College

With nearly 60,000 students, Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) is one of the largest community colleges in California. The institution has to serve a diverse range of student needs, including transfer to four-year institutions. The honors program at Mt. SAC offers a rigorous pathway for... Read More

Belmont University
Belmont University

Belmont University, like many other colleges and universities, has a robust first-year orientation program and course sequence to help students adjust to college-level work and life on campus. Fewer institutions have programs that specifically address the needs of sophomore students, but faculty... 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

University of Wisconsin–Whitewater
The liberal education outcomes align well with work place skills and goals, say University Center staff. Knowledge of human cultures and a sense of personal and social responsibility—two of the LEAP essential learning outcomes—are also important capacities for employees working in the University Center. (Photo Courtesy of University of Wisconsin–Whitewater)

The University of Wisconsin system has been a partner in Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP), AAC&U's national initiative to advance the importance of a twenty-first-century liberal education, almost since its inception—the state of Wisconsin... 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

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