The Colorado Learning Assistant Model

An Experiential Learning Program of the University of Colorado Boulder

learning assistants learning from valerie oteroAligned with several institutional priorities outlined in the University’s strategic plan, Flagship 2030

• Approximately 240 mathematics, science, and engineering majors hired each year to serve as Learning Assistants in 11 departments

• Over 10,000 students are impacted each year at a cost of under $65 per student


Course Transformation: Undergraduate students are hired as Learning Assistants to help transform courses to be responsive to research on how students learn. Over 55 math and science courses have been transformed using Learning Assistants.

Teacher Recruitment and Preparation: Over 70 talented mathematics, science, and engineering majors have been recruited to become K-12 teachers through the Learning Assistant program. Just under 20 are currently teaching in high needs school districts in subjects such as physics and chemistry.

National Emulation: Over 35 universities throughout the nation (and at least one internationally) are adopting and adapting the CU-Boulder LA Model. Emulation is addressing our nation's critical shortage of highly qualified math and science teachers. More information on the Learning Assistant Alliance can be found at

The Learning Assistant model is a 21st century educational program, a signature program at CU Boulder

More information and data on the LA program can be found on their web site.