North Star Courses and Experiences

Our North Star

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.


In the fall of 2020, CWRU engaged in an exercise to help students re-connect with each other, with faculty and staff, and with businesses and residents of our neighboring community. Given the public health crises of a viral pandemic and structural racism, these courses and experiences focused 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.

Note: all public health guidelines were followed.

Guiding Principles

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

  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.


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