The superb teaching that Holy Cross students receive results from the individual mentoring relationships that faculty members develop with their students. Key College practices undoubtedly help: we keep class sizes small, for example, and employ no graduate teaching assistants. But each faculty member also goes out of her or his way to encourage students to make extensive use of office hours and review sessions. Opportunities for advanced students to work with faculty mentors on independent research projects often evolve from classroom or office encounters early in a student's academic career.

New developments on campus and in society constantly challenge our understanding of how best to teach key concepts. Through its Center for Teaching, Holy Cross both learns from and contributes to these ongoing conversations. In recent years, emerging technologies, the value of experiential learning and the shifting demographics of the college-age population have all exerted an influence on what we teach and how we teach it.