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Welcome to the Equity and Excellence in Higher Education's Universal Course Design (UCD) Web site. This Web site has been designed for faculty, by faculty, to help you learn about UCD.

This site has been designed to be as accessible and user-friendly as possible.


What is UCD?

  • UCD is a set of strategies and practices that make courses more accessible for students. UCD addresses the diversity of students’ learning styles in today’s college classroom. It provides concrete strategies to vary the development of course curriculum, instruction, assessment, and teaching environment so all students have equal access to a course.
  • Bringing UCD into your classroom benefits all students, especially those who:
    • Speak a primary language other than English
    • Are not academically prepared
    • Go to school part-time and lead busy lives
    • Have disabilities

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