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Student Experience Project (SEP) Institute

A year-long cohort learning experience to support institutions to improve student belonging in the classroom

Many institutions are seeking strategies to improve student belonging as part of their equitable student success efforts.  The Student Experience Project (SEP), a national collaborative of education organizations, found that engaging faculty in communities of practice to use evidence-based classroom practices boosted student belonging and other aspects of student experience tied to academic success.  Participating institutions engaged nearly 300 faculty in communities of practice to utilize new practices and meet regularly to reflect on their teaching and receive direct feedback on students’ experience; these faculty improved student experience in their courses, and students with better experiences were more likely to get A’s and B’s in the course.  


The SEP Institute is a year-long learning cohort for institutions seeking to improve student experience in the classroom. 

Los Angeles

SEP Institute 2025

Virtual Introduction - early January 2025

In-Person Kickoff: February ## - ##, 2025 | LOCATION

Monthly Virtual Meetings: March - December 2025

Why Communities of Practice?

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Your Team

Each campus team should have the resources and capacity to launch a pilot community of practice during the Fall 2025. Campus teams may include four to six individuals; team members might include student success administrators, faculty, teaching and learning experts, or others that are integral to the university’s faculty development and student success work.  At least one member of the team must be a faculty member who is actively teaching courses, and who is willing to take a leading role in design and facilitation of the community of practice

Application Process

Institutions who have been invited to participate must complete a brief application.


Each SEP Institute cohort is limited to 12 -18 participating institutions.​ ​Priority is given to USU member institutions who have not previously participated in the SEP. APLU members are eligible to apply on an invitation-only basis. At this time, institutions who are not members of APLU or USU are not eligible to participate. 

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