North Star Courses and Experiences

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Case Western Reserve is a high-impact research university that aspires to be a community where humanity, science and technology meet to create a just and thriving world.

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A complete list of courses and experiences for the Fall 2020 semester is available NOW!

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Given the current public health crises of a viral pandemic and structural racism, these courses and experiences  focus exclusively on the locale and assets of University Circle and Cleveland, as well as the related challenges and problems unique to our city and region.  At the heart of this program is an interest in helping students return to campus and engage in a purposeful set of activities unique to our time but also to help them personally re-connect with each other, with faculty and staff, and with businesses and residents of our neighboring community while following public health guidelines.

In order to implement this idea quickly yet substantively, a small group of faculty and staff devised the following guiding principles, examples, and procedures to encourage development of North Star Courses and Experiences.  

Guiding Principles

  1. Focus on CLE or on-campus experiences. 
  2. Be framed in short time bursts.
  3. Take into account health and safety protocols. 
  4. Show connection to the University’s strategic plan, Think Big.


For additional questions, please send an email to Questions and answers will posted to our North Star FAQs page.

North Star FAQs