Course Share Programs

Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA)   (before July 2016: Committee on Institutional Cooperation, CIC)

14 institutions in the Midwest, plus U of Chicago accepted invitation

Michigan State University’s Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) collaboration with BTAA

The Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Partnership, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is housed in CeLTA. This cross-university initiative utilizes the established and widely recognized strengths within the Big Ten Academic Alliance to collaboratively develop an online model of LCTL instruction reflecting best practices in proficiency-oriented instruction. The project includes research in LCTL proficiency assessment, goal setting, curricular and technological innovations, as well as teacher education and professional development.

  • Mellon-funded for 38 months, September 2016 through August 2019.
  • First Year: to create hybrid/online modules targeting advanced students for one selected LCTL (Swahili selected, year 2 Hindi)
  • Partnership Personnel at MSU
  • CeLTA staff
  • Video with Chris Long, Dean, College of Arts and Letters, P.I. Mellon Grant LCTL
  • Joseph Miller, Program Manager, Academic Programs
    Coordinates CourseShare, SROP, FreeApp, Traveling Scholar, Smithsonian Fellowship, and graduate recruitment activities. Manages group activities, projects, programs, data collection and informational materials.
  • First students could begin using the new LCTL programs as early as fall 2017.

Article on Mellon Grant to develop LCTL

MSU Article on Mellon Grant for LCTL




A consortium of five campuses, 2,200 faculty members and 30,000 students in western Massachusetts.
Amherst College • Hampshire College • Mount Holyoke College • Smith College • UMass Amherst

Type of Instruction: Classroom, Five College Bus System

Cross Registration and Course Offerings Database

Center for the Study of World Languages

  • offers academic-year courses in less-commonly studied languages for students at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Course sessions meet on all five campuses. Courses are taken for academic credit and are part of a student’s regular course load. Five College students are not required to pay any special fees or tuition in order to enroll.
  • Hindi, Swahili, Turkish, Spoken Arabic, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Persian, Urdu, Indonesian
  • American Sign Language
  • Supervised Independent Language Courses
  • Creates languages materials and has a database for sharing