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Quality Collaboratives Case Studies

Quality Collaboratives: Assessing and Reporting Degree Qualifications Profile Competencies in the Context of Transfer was a three-year project (2011–2014) launched with support from Lumina Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as a part of AAC&U’s ongoing Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative. During the project, teams from two- and four-year campus “dyads” collaborated in cross-institutional efforts for transfer student successbeta testing assessment tools/strategies and teaching practices while using proficiencies articulated in Lumina Foundation’s Degree Qualifications Profile as a guide. During the summer of 2015, team leaders from ten participating QC campus dyads wrote case studies that illustrate promising approaches for institutional collaboration, as well as campus change, and describe lessons learned throughout the project. The Quality Collaboratives case studies, which are part of a larger set of resources that AAC&U is currently compiling from different multicampus projects, hail from California, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Utah, Wisconsin, and Virginia (two other states—North Dakota and Oregon—participated in the project at the state system level). Shorter versions of these case studies can be found in Action Steps for Advancing Transfer Student Success: Lessons Learned from Cross-Institutional Collaborations (one of four publications emerging from the QC project), which ties these case studies to a flowchart that describes organic, interconnected campus change processes for transfer student successbased on QC dyad efforts. AAC&U hopes that these case studies, listed below and included in this publication, provide helpful entry points for campus practitioners engaging in similar work related to transfer student success.

1. Inviting a Broad Range of Faculty Participants in Campus Change Efforts
Pierce College and California State University–Northridge

2. Creating a Culture of Trust through Ongoing Conversations
Salt Lake Community College and University of Utah

3. Aligning Valued Campus Work with Project Priorities
Ivy Tech Community College–Central Indiana and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

4. Clarifying Shared Learning Expectations across Transfer
University of Wisconsin–Fox Valley and University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh

5. Leveraging Campus Efforts That Are Already Underway
Mount Wachusett Community College and Fitchburg State University

6. Establishing Data Sharing Agreements
Blue Ridge Community College and James Madison University

7. Connecting Project Efforts to Statewide Workshops
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and University of Louisville

8. Introducing Deliberate Campus Change Efforts
University of Wisconsin–Waukesha and University of Wisconsin–Parkside

9. Building Faculty Capacity through Collaborative Work
Middlesex Community College and University of Massachusetts Lowell

10. Scaffolding Professional Development Activities over Time
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and Virginia Commonwealth University