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

There is a moment that Eric Leonard, Henkel Family Chair in International Affairs at Shenandoah University, looks forward to each year.

On town hall night, he watches students leave the auditorium and break into groups to discuss topics that they researched all semester. “I was standing... Read More

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

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

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 now... Read More

Utah State University
Utah State University

What does it mean to have a college degree? For the degree to have any real meaning, it must represent more than a certain number of credit hours distributed across certain disciplines, with a minimum GPA; instead, the degree must indicate what a graduate knows and is able to do, says Daniel... Read More

Nebraska Wesleyan University
The new "Archways" curriculum at Nebraska Wesleyan University features an integrated core organized around pressing global issues and requires all students to participate in experiential learning.

Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU), a private liberal arts university in Lincoln, Nebraska, is in the process of developing a new general education program. The new program, titled "Archways," would replace the sixteen-year-old "Global Citizenship Preparation" curriculum. But despite what the... Read More

City University of Hong Kong
City University of Hong Kong

Graduates of Hong Kong's eight public universities consistently score near the top on international assessments of science and mathematics. But despite these scores, government and business leaders in Hong Kong feared their region's students weren't developing the kind of integrative thinking... Read More

University of Maryland at College Park
The I-series courses, a new general education requirement unique to UMD, introduce students to inquiry-based learning in their first two years on campus. These courses “invert the curricular pyramid” by focusing a specific problem or issue, rather than giving the broad disciplinary survey common in introductory courses. (Photo courtesy of John T. Consoli/University of Maryland)

A 2008 survey conducted by AAC&U revealed that a large number of colleges and universities are reforming their general education programs, revamping old distribution requirements or adding new elements to engage students in more integrative and active learning. The University of Maryland at... Read More

State University of New York at Potsdam
SUNY-Potsdam

All too often college learning occurs in isolated departments that don't communicate with each other, says Gerald Lee Ratliff, associate vice provost of academic affairs at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam. "Particularly when finances are tight, we tend to retreat into our... Read More

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