What HIPs are offered at QCC?

Academic Service-Learning (ASL)

Class assignments that take students’ work out into the community, encouraging civic engagement. Faculty development in design and implementation occurs throughout the semester.

ASL Coordinator: TBD

Interim Contact:
Dr. Henry Davis, Academic Program Specialist, CETL
L-316B | 718.281.5765

Collaborative Assignments and Project/Students Working in Interdisciplinary Groups (CAP-SWIG)

SWIG projects promote integrative, collaborative learning across participating classes. Students from courses in different disciplines use technology to collaborate and exchange ideas, often asynchronously, while learning to recognize and apply different disciplinary lenses in their thinking. SWIG assignments move the classes from a teacher-centered to a student-centered space where peers are the audience for learning and dialogue.

SWIG Coordinators:
Dr. Kathleen Wentrack, Associate Professor, Art & Design 
C-106 | 718.281.5788

Ms. Alisa Cercone, Lecturer, English
H-428 | 718.281.5209

Common Intellectual Experience/The Common Read (CIE)

The Common Read is a Common Intellectual Experience that promotes integrative learning across the curriculum through multi-disciplinary approaches to a common text. Participating faculty members are able to incorporate the text in a way that aligns with their individual interests and disciplines. Students participate in cross-disciplinary events which provide an opportunity for increased social and academic engagement while supporting the learning that takes place in the classroom.

Common Read Coordinator:
Dr. Robin Ford, Assistant Professor, English
H-416 | x5392

Common Read Director:
Ms. Susan Madera, Academic Program Manager for High-Impact Practices
L-316A | x5289

Global & Diversity Learning (GDL)

Provides a framework for exploring multiple perspectives on viewing the interdependent world. Queensborough’s cultural resources provide opportunities for students to interact with the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives and the QCC Art Gallery. The College also sponsors a study abroad seminar in Salzburg, Austria each year.

GDL Coordinator: 
Dr. Meg Tarafdar, Assistant Professor, English
H-428 | x5311

Undergraduate Research (UR)

Students learn about the scientific method by carrying out actual research embedded into their course, as part of their program or in an independent study research course.

UR Coordinator:
Dr. Sharon Lall-Ramnarine, Professor, Chemistry
S-442 | 718.281.5572

Writing-Intensive Courses (WI)

WI courses are designed to improve students’ critical thinking, engagement with and mastery of course content, and writing ability through all academic disciplines. Two writing-intensive courses are required to graduate. Specific Writing Intensive Certification training is needed.

WI Coordinators:
Dr. Johannes Burgers, Assistant Professor, English
H-455 | 718.631.6010

Dr. Elise Denbo, Assistant Professor, English
H-426 | 718.281.5356


WI Online Coordinator:
Dr. Jeffery Jankowski, Associate Professor, Social Sciences
M-124 | 718.281.5719

Campus Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives

Using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC: Performing Arts Center

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.