CUNY SPS Connects to Learning

December 13, 2010 | School of Professional Studies

The CUNY School of Professional Studies (SPS) is delighted to announce that following a competitive application process, it has been selected by the United States Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) as one of five CUNY institutions to participate in a national project entitled Connect to Learning: ePortfolio, Engagement, and Student Success.

Representing the University, leaders from SPS, Hunter College, LaGuardia Community College, Lehman College, and Queensborough Community College will work with colleagues from such institutions as Boston University, Indiana University, St. John’s University, San Francisco State University, and Three Rivers Community College to explore and strengthen best practices in ePortfolio pedagogy. A complete list of the 21 participating schools appears below.

The project will be coordinated by LaGuardia’s Making Connections National Resource Center, working with the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-based Learning (AAEEBL), an emerging international professional association focused on ePortfolio practice.  Dr. Randy Bass of Georgetown University and Dr. Helen Chen of Stanford University will serve as the project’s senior research scholars.

Building a nationwide network that links community colleges, private colleges, and research universities, the Connect to Learning project will kick off at a January national ePortfolio Forum, held in San Francisco and sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.  Over the next three years, participating campuses will use a structured matrix model of ePortfolio development to plan and implement campus-based innovations and evaluate the impact of ePortfolio implementation on student learning.  Over the course of the three year project, Connect to Learning will advance the practice of hundreds of faculty, benefit 20,000-25,000 students, and generate evidence-based national models of ePortfolio implementation.

Connect to Learning Participants:

Boston University
U. of Delaware
Hunter College, CUNY
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Johnson & Wales University
LaGuardia Community College, CUNY
Lehman College, CUNY
Long Island University
Manhattanville College
Northwest Connecticut Community College
Norwalk Community College
Pace University
Queensborough Community College, CUNY
Rutgers University
Salt Lake Community College
San Francisco State University
School of Professional Studies, CUNY
St. John’s University
SUNY Empire State
Three Rivers Community College
Tunxis Community College
Virginia Tech

The CUNY School of Professional Studies (SPS) serves New York City’s dynamic marketplace by providing timely, innovative and high-quality programs of study designed to address new or unmet needs.  Drawing on CUNY’s nationally and internationally renowned faculty and practitioners, as well as industry and education partners, SPS offers a wide range of graduate and undergraduate programs, including CUNY’s first fully online degree programs.

Press Contact:
Laura Jack
212.817.7261
ljack@gc.cuny.edu