Campus Models and Case Studies

University of North Texas
NTCCC

The road from a community college to a four-year college or university can be a fraught one, filled with bureaucratic red tape and logistical difficulties. The North Texas Community College Consortium (NTCCC)—founded in 1989 and now comprising twenty-one community colleges collectively attended... Read More

Fitchburg State University and Mount Wachusetts Community College

A positive trend in recent years has been the move by many colleges and universities toward integrated curricula through which students forge connections between general education and the major and develop crucial, cross-cutting capacities progressively from the first to final year of college... Read More

California State University–Northridge

“Why do I have to take this course?” It’s a question that most faculty members have probably heard at some point—especially if they teach courses that satisfy general education requirements. The General Education (GE) Pathways program, first developed at California State University–Chico and... 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

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Ivy Tech Community College
IUPUI-Ivy Tech Office of Coordinated Programs

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is less than three miles from the Central Indiana campus of Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana's statewide community college system. The two institutions would seem to be natural partners for transfer, but until 1990 IUPUI did not... 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

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

Community College of Baltimore County, Howard Community College
The Global Distinction Program at Howard Community College and the Community College of Baltimore County infuses core classes with global content and perspectives. (Photo courtesy of Howard Community College)

Preparing students to solve problems in an increasingly globalized century is an important task for colleges and universities, and a considerable challenge—especially for community colleges, where both students and the colleges themselves may have fewer resources to devote to expensive new... Read More

Salt Lake Community College
SLCC, a large community college with more than a dozen instructional sites, developed collegewide learning outcomes and asks students to demonstrate their mastery of these outcomes in their electronic portfolios.

In David Hubert's political science class at Salt Lake Community College, students analyze campaign finance data and write papers about recent elections in Utah. In Kati Lewis's composition class, students write papers in different genres—such as a position paper, a review, and a memoir—all on... Read More

Georgia Highlands College
Georgia Highlands College

For some first-year students, the "vocabulary of college" is a native language they've been hearing all their lives. They understand terms like "prerequisite" and "non-credit-bearing course"—or they know who to ask if they don't understand. But for many of the students at Georgia Highlands... Read More

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