CETLCenter for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning


Great Gateways


Gateway courses are often life-changing—they introduce students to the meaning of our community, the paths of intellectual pursuit, and draw lasting ties between personal and academic development.

To further recognize our fullest potential, and to create impactful and meaningful change in how our students learn, UC is committing to strategically enhance academic experiences common to the greatest number of our students.

We will coordinate and establish lasting partnerships, develop financial and human resources through strategic investments, and as a community strengthen and build upon courses that are foundational to greater academic excellence and vital to the health of our university.

We are committed to make our Gateways Great.


  • Office of the President
  • Office of the Provost
  • Office of the Architect
  • McMicken College of Arts & Sciences
  • UC Blue Ash
  • UC Clermont
  • Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning
  • UCBA Learning & Teaching Center
  • First Year Experience
  • Academic Excellence & Support Services
  • IT@UC
  • University Libraries
  • Committee on Textbook Affordability


Above all, this is an effort driven by excellent planning and coordination. We will build a community of support at all levels, driven by the goal of Greatness. This includes the coordination and planning of the following resources to support Great Gateways:

Academic Support

  • Supplemental Instruction
  • Learning Communities
  • Math and Science Support Center (MASS)
  • Academic Writing Center (AWC)
  • Peer Tutoring (LAC)
  • Supplemental Review Sessions (SRS)


  • Course Design Institute
  • Early Term Feedback
  • Flipped Pedagogy & Active Learning Workshops                 

Information Technology

  • Canopy eLearning ecosystem
  • eLearning Studio
  • Data analysis and collection               

Listening Sessions               

Each fall, we are reaching out to select faculty, staff, and students for feedback on how we will best accomplish this goal together. These Listening Sessions will inform and help define the needs and appropriate action for our Gateways community.

Following our Listening Sessions, we will in early Spring continue the tradition of bringing together our partners and course coordinators for Great Gateways Summits to hold collaborative sessions regarding successes and areas of opportunity within UC Gateways according to discipline. These meetings will be outcomes-driven and assessment-based. 


We will leverage our community and partnerships by making strategic investments in faculty development where needs and potential for impact are greatest. Our proposal process for projects launches each Spring, where our community will solicit funding proposals at the college and unit-level that best articulate and propose initiatives to make Great Gateways.

To aid in this investment, the Provost’s Office is contributing up to $20,000 of professional development funds to be made available to those initiatives and proposals that result in the greatest sustainable impact on student learning and retention. 


Together we will create a support structure that effectively and efficiently pulls together students, faculty, and staff in the design, implementation, and assessment of courses that make effective use of innovation, evidence-based instruction, and the principles of course design to support stronger student retention and overall academic success at UC.


  • Spring 16
    Jan./Feb. Great Gateways Summits 
    Request for Great Gateways proposals
  • Summer 16
    CETL Great Gateways Course Design 


Gigi Meyer Escoe
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs

Bryan Smith
Director, Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning



The Great Gateways Initiative is sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

For more information on our Fall 2015 activities, please contact Bryan Smith, PhD, at 556-6382 or smbr@ucmail.uc.edu

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NSF-IUSE Grant Support


We are about to embark on an exciting voyage to transform STEM undergraduate teaching at the University of Cincinnati! We are delighted to have NSF’s support for the University's efforts through funding our proposal, “Enhancing Student Success in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics by Transforming the Faculty Culture” with Principal Investigator Howard Jackson of the Department of Physics leading the effort. The co-PIs include Kathy, Provost Beverly Davenport, and Department Head Anna Gudmundsdottir (Chemistry)  and (then) Department Head Ken Petren (Biology) and the support of Kay Kinoshita (Physics). 

CET&L is working closely with UC's Teaching and Learning Liaisons, who have agreed to provide significant efforts within their respective departments. These include Brian Kinkle and Jill Beyette in Biology, Allan Pinhas and Anne Vonderheide in Chemistry, and and Leigh Smith in Physics.

Mathematics has also joined the NSF-IUSE team in fall of 2015 with a supplmental grant. Robbie Buckingham and Crystal Clough are the acting TLL's for the department.