The K. Patricia Cross Academy

For Faculty • For Free • For the Future of Higher Education

The K. Patricia Cross Academy is an investment in the future of higher education named to celebrate and preserve the legacy of K. Patricia Cross. Founded by Elizabeth Barkley and Claire Major, we are a non-profit program under the fiscal sponsorship of The Social Good Fund. We are dedicated to supporting faculty by offering free instructional videos, downloadable resources, and CrossCurrents articles that clearly outline how to:


Implement high-impact, evidence-based teaching techniques that improve all students' learning; and


Document student learning in ways that provide the information teachers need to improve their teaching as well as assist them in their efforts for hiring, tenure, and promotion.

The K Patricia Cross Academy has been a valuable resource for me, especially as a first-time instructor. This semester is my first time teaching a class all by myself, and I have been using 3-2-1 Activity to assess student’s engagement in class and further answer any questions they may have about the content. We only did the activity two times since it is the beginning of the semester, but I already see its usefulness. I am excited to utilize other activities featured on the website in future classes.

Teaching Assistant

I included the [K. Patricia Cross Academy] website in the facilitated online workshop I created for faculty to help them move to online teaching. The gratitude for sharing this site with faculty has been overwhelming! They are finding it so very helpful! We have even linked it to our Faculty Toolkit web page through Faculty Professional Development. 

Faculty Member

Thank you for creating these amazing resources!  The ones that adapt the technique for online learning are especially useful, particularly as everyone is scrambling to move to remote teaching methods.

Faculty Member

When I discovered you, it was like I had stumbled on a goldmine. My colleagues are now as addicted to your resources as I am!

Faculty Member

I really enjoyed navigating the site. I especially found it to be extremely beneficial for someone like me, who has more of an interdisciplinary focus in both communication and education, and particularly an interest in pedagogical communication. The site introduced a lot of really interesting and useful techniques for active teacher-student engagement regardless of the subject matter, which I also believe is very useful.

Teaching Assistant