Broadening the Role of the Teaching and Learning Center: From Transforming Faculty to Transforming Institutions


Teaching and learning centers (TLCs) first emerged to support faculty dealing with underprepared students, focusing on methods for effectively engaging students and assessing student learning. But a broader role for TLCs is emerging: as facilitators of the transformation of institutional culture. At Quinnipiac University, the faculty development center has played a leadership role in the implementation of the New Synthesis for Undergraduate Education, a university-wide initiative to integrate the essential learning proficiencies into the entire undergraduate experience. Outcomes suggest that the center has been effective by complementing the top-down institutional initiative with a forum for bottom-up faculty, staff, and student empowerment and participation.