The Center for Academic Excellence Receives $200,000 Grant from The Davis Educational Foundation to Impact Teaching of the Core Curriculum

Submitted by Meg McCaffrey on September 4, 2009

about_entranceThe Davis Educational Foundation has awarded Fairfield University a $200,000 grant to further the work of the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE), which was established in 2003 as an on-campus resource for professors seeking to learn and share information about the newest educational tools and techniques.

The grant will help widen the Center’s impact on promoting integrated learning at Fairfield, especially in the core curriculum – a pillar of the University’s strategic plan. The work focuses on the College of Arts and Sciences, where the core is taught. Faculty will continue to support major goals of the strategic plan calling for a self-sustaining culture of integrated teaching and learning in ways that can be shared across the University. Another main objective is to assess outcomes and make changes based on results and evidence.

The faculty leaders are Larry Miners, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and director of the CAE; Roben Torosyan, Ph.D., associate director of the CAE; and Kathryn Nantz, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and director of core integration. This project is also partnered with the College of Arts and Sciences under the direction of Robbin Crabtree, Ph.D., dean.

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