The campus-based interventions at the heart of the Bay View Alliance (BVA) are organized as a number of Research Action Clusters (RACs). Within each RAC, campuses undertake interventions around a common theme or problem to discover the most effective leadership activities to accelerate the adaptation and integration of methods of instruction to support student learning. Each RAC consists of a subset of the BVA partner institutions, with one or two institutions serving as the lead organizer. The RACs may also choose to affiliate with institutions beyond the BVA that have an interest in the same challenge, thus extending the reach and power of the network.
Each RAC begins by clarifying the theme or problem around which it is organized, and plans its work in stages, beginning with an analysis of the problem (and how it is manifest in particular disciplines) and a thorough review of the research literature. Participating departments then undertake the intervention, sharing their experiences, and tracking the progress of their efforts both individually (at the program and campus level) and collectively (within the RAC and the larger BVA).
The BVA Hub works closely with the RACs in their initial framing and design, as well as in facilitating communication and coordination among member institutions and with the greater community. The Hub also plays a role in documenting progress through metrics, and in broadly disseminating RAC lessons and findings.