About the Washington Center

GUIDING PURPOSE

We are for the academic success of all students. Ultimately, the measures of our success are improvements in students' persistence, achievement, and graduation rates—particularly students who are the first in their families to go to college and those from groups historically under‐served in higher education. As a high impact strategy, learning communities offer a powerful learning environment for students at key points in their educational pathways, and implementing successful learning community programs in an intentional way helps to build institutional capacity for transformation.

OUR WORK

With a sustained record of educational reform, the Washington Center, a public service center at The Evergreen State College, is a national resource to two‐ and four‐year higher education institutions intent on creating equitable learning opportunities for all students through the strategic use of learning communities and other evidence-based practices.

We support campuses in their work to achieve equitable outcomes for undergraduate students through a variety of activities and initiatives

(1) An intensive, high-touch summer institute where campus teams benefit from support from higher education experts, campus-specific consulting, and professional development assistance. Campus teams return to their campus with an action plan to ...

  1. develop sustainable, high‐quality learning community programs that engage and support learners at critical points in their educational pathways
  2. use multiple forms of evidence to design, implement, and assess initiatives aimed at improving student learning
  3. implement an equity mindset on campus through teaching and scholarship practices.

(2) Collaboration with campuses to support campus reform efforts and student success initiatives through campus-specific consulting, and professional development assistance.

(3) Improving teaching and learning in undergraduate education by providing high-quality professional development workshops on campuses and at national gatherings

(4) Building and sustaining community networks between campuses and organizations through curriculum planning retreats designed to strengthen classroom and institutional practices; collaborating with other professional organizations to support national educational reform projects; development of statewide and regional learning community networks; and supporting projects like Curriculum for the Bioregion

(5) Contributing to the learning community knowledge base through Learning Community Research and Practice - a biannual, open‐access, peer‐reviewed journal - and occasional papers.

 

Contact us for more information about any of these opportunities.