The grant will distribute over the course of three years as Emmanuel embarks on a multi-phased, campus-wide assessment of its academic mission with the goal of ensuring the continued vitality of the College's educational mission as it enters its second century.
"A liberal arts and sciences education plays a critical role in bolstering the employability of graduates and weaving the development of critical job skills into the very curriculum," said Chief Academic Officer, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Biology Josef Kurtz. "Students emerge as critical thinkers capable of finding solutions to the challenges facing their communities."
A committee of nine faculty and two administrators representing Emmanuel's five academic schools will collaborate to lead the project through its multiple phases. In addition to this review of ILG and the College's general education curriculum, this award will also ensure that Emmanuel faculty are prepared to implement changes to curricula and to the student outcomes assessment process. By means of professional development for faculty and administration, annual campus-wide meetings, access to assessment tools and more, the College will be able to accomplish a major goal toward further strengthening its in-house capacity for assessment.
This revision will also stress the importance and effectiveness of learning outside the classroom and consider how students' co-curricular involvement can bolster ILG. Integrating Student Affairs administration into this process, the revision will acknowledge the role co-curricular activities play in learning and in the overall impact on students' ability to find meaningful work or further education after graduation.
"In order to maintain a valuable, forward-thinking educational experience, we must take into consideration the intricacies of today's student and offer them the tools and curricula to realize their educational and professional potential," Kurtz said.
About the Davis Educational Foundation
The Davis Educational Foundation, established as a public charitable foundation in 1985, supports the undergraduate programs of public and private, regionally accredited, baccalaureate degree granting colleges and universities throughout the six New England states. Elisabeth K. Davis and Stanton W. Davis co-founded the foundation after Mr. Davis's retirement as chairman of Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc. The foundation is an expression of the couple's shared support and value for higher education and has provided more than $115 million in grants to more than 174 institutions.