Gateway Course Initiative

Improving Student Success by Enhancing the Learning Experience

What is a Gateway course?

Gateway courses at UVU are those courses that are highly enrolled, foundational in nature, and that sometimes present a risk to students in terms of D, F, Incomplete, and Withdrawal grades (JNGI, 2017).

What is the Gateway Course Initiative?

The Gateway Course Initiative at UVU was launched in Spring 2015. The Gateway Course Initiative at UVU is a three year project that aims to reduce the number of D, F, Incomplete, and Withdrawal grades in highly enrolled, foundation level courses through large-scale curricular redesign. Approximately five courses are redesigned during each year of the project. Teams of faculty work with UVU’s Office of Teaching and Learning to redesign each course. Each faculty team receives $15,000 in grant funding to support their project.

What is special about the Gateway course redesign?

Gateway courses at UVU are redesigned using a methodology from the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT). The NCAT methodology involves ‘Eight Essential Elements’, which when collectively applied to a curricular design project create a powerful learning experience. The NCAT approach has been validated over several years and hundreds of course design projects across the USA.

Who has joined this project so far?

In the first year of the project, faculty from the following courses joined the Gateway Course Initiative. These faculty worked with an Instructional Designer to implement the NCAT design elements, redesign their existing course, pilot, and evaluate their new design.

  • POLS 1100 (American National Government)
  • ENGL 0890 (Basic Reading and Writing I)
  • MUSC 1010 (Introduction to Music)
  • COMM 1020 (Public Speaking)
  • PHIL 2050 (Ethics and Values)

The following projects will join in the second year. 

  • TECH 1010 (Understanding Technology)
  • PSY 1100 (Human Development Lifespan) 

How do I learn more? 

The Office of Teaching and Learning at UVU hosts information sessions each Fall. A call for projects is open from November to January of each year.