The K. Patricia Cross Academy

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

The K. Patricia Cross Academy was founded by Elizabeth Barkley and Claire Major and named to celebrate and preserve the legacy of K. Patricia Cross. A non-profit program under the fiscal sponsorship of The Social Good Fund, it is supported entirely by sales of Engaged Teaching: A Handbook for College Faculty and donations from a small group of donors, including the founders. The Academy is dedicated to supporting college faculty by offering free instructional videos and downloadable resources that clearly outline how to:


Implement high-impact, evidence-based teaching techniques that improve 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 webpage was very helpful to me as a future educator. The recommended strategies are innovative and relevant for our 21st century students.

Research Fellow

Much needed. Especially useful to reach adjunct, marginalized, or new faculty. This will change the landscape for professors who are teaching students.

Faculty Member

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

After learning about the K. Patricia Cross Academy, I have shared it with my colleagues at my community college.  We are grateful for the free resources the academy provides and it has been a tremendous resource for our instructors.  Personally, the academy has helped me create unique activities to connect with our students during freshmen seminars.

Faculty Member

I really liked the design of the website. It was very easy to navigate, and I appreciated how all the different teaching techniques were right alongside each other. Believe it or not, I utilized some of these techniques as both a student, and as a teaching assistant. Overall, I think the website is a wonderful reference for both teachers and students in terms of expanding their learning capabilities! 

Teaching Assistant