Driver 4 - Student-Centered Institutional Structures & Policies

Resources in this Change Idea

Evidence Base

Communities of practice are “groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly” (Wenger 1998). Its three core elements are domain, community, and practice. Institutions in the SEP all formed communities of practice to bring together groups of instructors with a shared commitment to improving the university through use of evidence-based strategies to improve student experience.



Samantha Levine
Associate Director, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities & Coalition of Urban Serving Universities


This comprehensive handbook shares insights from SEP campuses on establishing communities of practice to support student experience, and recommendations and resources for campuses to begin engaging instructors in this work.