Give Students a Compass: A Tri-State Partnership for College Learning, General Education, and Underserved Student Success

Compass Institute

November 10-12, 2010 at the Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center in the Wisconsin Dells. Post Institute write up

Is there a true north for student learning? One direction towards which all students should be pointed to ensure their success in college? Probably not. At the very least, however, we can give students a compass to guide their learning throughout their university educations.

Through the Give Students a Compass Project, the University of Wisconsin System is working to:

  • Make general education relevant for the 21st century;
  • Provide students with the high impact practices we know to be most effective; and
  • Advance Inclusive Excellence by ensuring that those students who have been historically underserved have access to the best our institutions can offer.

There may not be a true north, but there are cardinal points on the compass, directing students to the kinds of learning that will ensure their readiness to enter the world of life and work beyond the university upon graduation.

The Compass Project is one of the UW System’s signature programs in its collaboration with the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) on the LEAP Campaign.