This week the Bay View Alliance has expanded its membership to ten universities by welcoming the University of South Florida.
Lorne Whitehead, program director of the Bay View Alliance, said USF is an excellent addition to the BVA because of its dedicated efforts to improve student achievement. It has been especially effective in helping a diverse student body succeed even as it has maintained stable tuition rates. Its STEER initiative, funded by the NSF, has focused on creating a culture of evidence-based teaching, one of the primary goals of the BVA.
“The STEER program is a great example of why USF fits perfectly into the BVA,” Whitehead said. “USF will bring new vigor to our organization as we expand our reach and continue to push for greater use and recognition of effective teaching.”
Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Associate Vice-President for Student Success at USF, Paul Atchley, acknowledged the mutually beneficial nature of the relationship. “What happens in the classroom is a cornerstone of student success. The Bay View Alliance will help USF find innovative ways to improve teaching, and USF will provide lessons to share about how to achieve success at scale with a diverse student body.”
The Bay View Alliance is an international network of research universities exploring strategies to support and sustain the widespread adoption of instructional methods that lead to better student learning.
In addition to USF, its member institutions include the University of British Columbia, Queens University, and the University of Saskatchewan in Canada; and the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of California Davis, Indiana University Bloomington, the University of Kansas, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the University of Texas Austin, in the United States.
Bay View Alliance Program Director