Our Team: College and University Partners

The Collaborative works directly with partner colleges and universities to study how they help students strengthen and apply self-directed learning skills. Understanding the current context across our partner institutions will help us design studies to test what kinds of instructional strategies work best for which students. The contextual knowledge and empirical study results together will then inform our co-design of an evidence-based instructional model and related supports for faculty that are easy to use and build on what instructors and institutions already do.

*Minority-serving institution

Bunker Hill Community College*

As part of the collaborative, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) intends to build on its existing campus-wide initiatives to foster metacognitive skill acquisition in prerequisite and introductory courses in preparation for more challenging upper-level content material. Bunker Hill Community College in Boston is the largest community college in Massachusetts, with more than 19,000 students enrolled annually. Founded in 1973, BHCC offers more than 100 academic ... Read More

Calbright College

Calbright College will leverage its involvement in the collaborative to further develop its model as an online-only college and enhance its faculty-development framework, which focuses on the affective dimensions of teaching, to deliberately integrate the student’s experience. Calbright College, California’s first online-only community college, focuses on careers not credentials. Calbright uses a combination of online classes, mobile apps, and career readiness training and services to ... Read More

Macomb Community College

As part of the collaborative, Macomb Community College will explore methods to encourage deeper student engagement in online courses by actively improving course design and faculty training. Macomb will align its participation in the collaborative’s research and development activities with its broader equity and inclusion initiatives. Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan, offers nearly 200 degree and certificate programs that prepare its students for life ... Read More

Odessa College*

Odessa College will leverage its involvement with the collaborative to build on initiatives coordinated by the college’s Global Center in the Institutional Effectiveness office, which supports the development of innovative instructional design and facilitates scaling successful models across the entire college. Odessa College has been an integral part of educating West Texans since 1946. Currently OC offers more than 120 associate and certificate degree programs, ... Read More

Palm Beach State College*

Palm Beach State College (PBSC) intends to use knowledge and experience gained through the collaborative’s research to enhance several ongoing initiatives, including the recent expansion of its e-Learning and Instructional Technology team and the implementation of Quality Matters, a faculty-development program. Palm Beach State College was founded in 1933 as Florida’s first public community college ... Read More

Portland State University*

Already a national leader in teaching and learning innovation, Portland State University intends to leverage its participation in the collaborative to build on existing digital-learning initiatives and efforts to infuse academic-success skill development into its general education University Studies program. Portland State University is Portland, Oregon's public research university. Its innovative approach combines education with creative problem-solving and collaboration across campus for maximum impact. From ... Read More

Tulsa Community College

Tulsa Community College (TCC) recently trained faculty in online teaching, built an online instruction team in response to COVID-19, and now requires each course to have an online component. TCC intends to leverage its involvement in the collaborative to build on this work to improve online STEM courses and enhance online offerings throughout college programs. TCC has served Tulsa and northeastern Oklahoma since 1970 ... Read More

Virginia State University*

As part of the collaborative, Virginia State University (VSU) will investigate use of self-directed learning interventions in its growing online course offerings, especially STEM and introductory biology courses, and build off the success of its STAR Program, which aims to enhance the performance of minority STEM majors enrolled in general biology courses in preparation for possible careers in allied health fields. VSU, an HBCU founded ... Read More

Wake Technical Community College

Wake Technical Community College will use its participation in the collaborative to build on previous improvements to online instruction, including Project COMPASS, which enhances student engagement in online courses. Wake Tech in Raleigh is North Carolina’s largest community college, serving more than 70,000 adults annually, with six campuses, three training centers, multiple community sites, and a comprehensive array of online learning options. Wake Tech offers ... Read More

*Minority-serving institution