The BVA is a network of research universities working to address the challenges of building departmental cultures supporting more effective teaching and enhanced student learning. We believe campus efforts are strengthened by working with other campuses, and local efforts can be reinvigorated through participation in a community of educators working toward similar goals.
Informed by ideas from improvement science, our collaboration involves developing a shared understanding of what we’re trying to accomplish, the causes of the problems we’re trying to solve, the changes we might introduce, and how we will know if these changes have led to sustainable improvement.
We test strategies for change through Research Action Clusters (RACs) composed of three or more partner universities. RAC members try particular interventions and compare results as a source for new insights, discoveries, and further innovation. We share these experiences within the BVA network in order to build new knowledge about leading culture change, and are committed to engaging the larger higher education community with findings that may help foster cultures supporting better teaching and learning.
The BVA is led by a Steering Committee made up from representatives of the partner institutions, invited experts, and allied organizations. A central Hub coordinates the work of the RACs and the network as a whole. We are funded by grants from external agencies and by the BVA member universities.
An international network of research universities, the Bay View Alliance (BVA) aims to identify and evaluate leadership strategies for cultural change to support and sustain the widespread adoption of instructional methods leading to better student learning.
- Much is known about teaching approaches that support better student learning. The next challenge is finding ways to leverage that knowledge, to implement what is known more widely and effectively.
- Significant improvements in teaching and learning require a change in academic culture not simply changes in individual behaviour. Strategic interventions by leaders at all levels are critical to changing academic culture in support of more effective teaching and enhanced student learning.
- The academic department or program is a key unit for implementing and evaluating interventions to improve the culture of teaching and learning.
- Working in a network of similar institutions, sharing ideas and evidence, increases the opportunity for good ideas to emerge and spread.