Gateway Initiative

The Gateway Initiative is an effort aimed at enhancing learning and classroom pedagogy in “gateway” courses, i. e. courses that are required for entry into the discipline and have large enrollments by necessity, but not by design.  

About the Gateway Initiative

The goal of the Gateway Initiative is to use research based methodologies to redesign traditional introductory (larger enrollment) courses to achieve the learning goals of small upper division courses.

Faculty work with a team of instructional designers, librarians, media educators, learning fellows, and experts in assessment and evaluation to develop, run, evaluate, and continuously improve their courses.

To date, the Gateway program has worked with 23 faculty to redesign 14 larger-enrollment foundational courses at Dartmouth. These courses have, to date, enrolled over 4,000 Dartmouth students.