Campus Models and Case Studies

Students in the all-women undergraduate program at Bay Path University often talk about the “sisterhood” and the supportive environment fostered by their instructors, administrators, and each other.

Bay Path, a private university in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, has a long history of... Read More

Luther College
Luther College Students Share Experiences and Develop as Ethical Thinkers and Writers in the Paideia Program

Editor’s Note: The following is a chapter from AAC&U’s forthcoming book, Rising to the LEAP Challenge: Case Studies of Integrative Pathways to Student Signature Work. The book, which was cowritten by Wilson Peden, Sally Reed, and Kathy Wolfe, will be published in the winter of 2017... Read More

Spelman College, St. Catherine University, Simmons College

When Sweet Briar College announced its plans to close in March 2015, some pundits pronounced the event a long-awaited inevitability. “By many measures, today's women are flourishing in higher education and do not need a protected environment to develop their intellectual potential,” Diane... Read More

St. Lawrence University

St. Lawrence University is the sort of place most people probably think of when they hear “liberal arts college”—small student body, residential campus in rural Upstate New York, and a curriculum that emphasizes the traditional liberal arts and sciences, with little in the way of technical or... 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

Wellesley College
Wellesley College

When Wellesley College joined AAC&U’s project on Faculty Leadership for Integrative Liberal Learning, the faculty and administrators started out by conducting an inventory of the college’s existing integrative learning practices. They found that the Massachusetts liberal arts college was... 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

Mount Holyoke College
Mount Holyoke College students use a campus lake as their laboratory in a Restoration Ecology course, one of many that connects classroom learning with real-life applications.

With the value of college increasingly being questioned as tuition continues to rise and the job market remains weak, how, asks Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella, “do we articulate the value of a liberal education in a compelling way to those outside of the academy?” At Mount... Read More

University of Iowa
Students who have Iowa GROW conversations with their supervisors are more likely to report that they find connections between their work and their academics and that they are developing broadly applicable skills like written and oral communication.

The Division of Student Affairs is the largest employer of undergraduate students at the University of Iowa. The division’s employment network—which includes dining services, residence halls, and a research hospital—provides jobs for more than 2,000 students every year. So when student affairs... Read More

Santa Clara University
The new Pathways requirement at SCU extends general education into the junior and senior years and asks students to think reflectively about their education.

When Santa Clara University (SCU) began revising its core curriculum in 2005, it identified integrative learning as a crucial element of the university’s identity and mission. It’s not an uncommon learning goal, and many of the requirements SCU has implemented to engage students in integrative... Read More

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