Press Release

Teagle Foundation Issues Grants to Two New Initiatives; More Than $2.1M in Grant Support Announced

New York, NY (May 21, 2014) – The Teagle Foundation has announced more than $2.1 million in grant awards included under two new programs, “Hybrid Learning and the Residential Liberal Arts Experience” and “Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence.”

Through the former, the Foundation has awarded a series of planning and implementation grants to collaborators exploring the integration of online education into their residential liberal arts settings.  Foundation President Judith Shapiro stated, “The funded programs integrate technological advancements with the face-to-face interaction that makes the residential experience unique and powerful.  Through these offerings, students enrolled in courses such as world languages and Native American Studies will engage with materials in new ways and, in some instances, benefit from the opportunity to take courses that would not otherwise be available, in a way that is affordable for the institutions.”

The “Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence” program provides planning and implementation funding to projects that support faculty collaboration to create coherent and intentional curricula with goals, pathways, and outcomes that are clear to students and other constituents with a stake in the future of higher education. This grant program encourages collaboration among faculty members both within and across institutions so that they can sharpen curricular goals and strengthen outcomes.

Two other grants were issued under the Foundation’s “Teaching and Learning” initiative, as well as one under the “College-Community Connections” program.

Grants Awarded
Hybrid Learning and the Residential Liberal Arts College

Hope College, Albion College, DePauw University, Grinnell College, Lawrence University, and Wabash College
Planning grant Hybrid Learning & the Residential Liberal Arts Experience
$25,000 over 6 months to gather the collaborative’s leadership team and additional faculty members to develop a plan to design and teach hybrid courses at their institutions.

Kalamazoo College, Alma College, Augustana College, & Wittenberg University
Planning grant Exploring Implementation of Hybrid Learning through Inter-Institutional Collaboration
$15,000 over 6 months for a planning grant to implement hybrid courses on and across their campuses.

Washington & Jefferson College, Gettysburg College, Juniata College (Pennsylvania Consortium for the Liberal Arts)
Planning grant Hybrid Learning & the Residential Liberal Arts Experience
$25,000 over 7 months for a planning grant to develop a cross-institutional hybrid learning program in under-enrolled, less commonly taught languages.

Lafayette College, Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and Muhlenberg College (Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges of Pennsylvania)
Planning grant Hybrid Learning & the Residential Liberal Arts Experience
$25,000 over 12 months to create a plan to develop shared hybrid learning courses and expand faculty experience with and support of using technology in the classroom.

Bryn Mawr College, Albright College, College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, Saint Mary's College of California,  Santa Rosa Junior College, Swarthmore College, Wesleyan University
Modeling Collaborative Curriculum Development: Psychology Research Methods and Statistics
$245,000 over 36 months to pilot a scalable, collaborative approach to developing online courseware needed for hybrid courses, using Psychology Research Methods and Statistics (Psych RMS) as the test case.

Eastern Connecticut State University, University of Minnesota-Morris, University of Wisconsin- Superior, University of Alberta-Augustana Campus
Hybrid Course Sharing in Native American Studies
$270,000 over 36 months to collaborate on enriching curricular offerings by sharing online and hybrid courses in the area of Native American Studies.

Five Colleges, Inc. (Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, University of Massachusetts-Amherst)
A Consortial Plan to Explore Hybrid Learning in the Residential Liberal Arts Institutions of Five Colleges, Incorporated
$280,000 over 36 months to build multi-campus/multi-course collaborations on hybrid learning projects.

Schreiner University, Concordia University- Austin, Lubbock Christian University, Texas Lutheran University, and Texas Wesleyan University (The Texas Language Consortium)
Working Together in the Lone Star State: Operationalizing Blended Learning Programs within the Texas Language Consortium, 2014-2017
$270,000 over 36 months to 1) provide faculty development in blended learning; 2) identify strategies in the face-to-face, blended, and distance learning environments that enhance student engagement and faculty/student interaction; 3) document the costs and value-added of the TLC; and 4) create a sustainable structure for the future.

St. Norbert College, Augustana College, Elmhurst College, Illinois Wesleyan University:
Online Competencies Curriculum
$280,000 over 36 months to create a repository of online learning modules focused on information fluency, technological adaptability, and communication skills.

Faculty Planning & Curricular Coherence

Allegheny College, Denison University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, and Ohio Wesleyan University, and The College of Wooster
Planning Grant for A Framework for Strengthening Integrated Learning
$25,000 over 7 months to develop a project with two major foci: 1) design advising programs that use educational portfolios as a way to make the outcomes of liberal education visible to students, so that they can see connections among their educational experiences 2) identify themes that enable the cooperating institutions to connect courses across institutions and disciplines.

Virginia Wesleyan College, Davis & Elkins College, Eckerd College, Marymount University, Saint Augustine’s University, Shenandoah University, and Sweet Briar College (The C7 Consortium)
The C7 Consortium for a More Compelling and Coherent Liberal Arts Curriculum Planning Grant
$25,000 over 7 months to develop a plan to promote curricular coherence within the partner institutions’ respective campuses.

Colorado College, Monmouth College, Beloit College, and Knox College
Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence
$50,000 over 18 months to help faculty articulate and students understand how the outcomes of a liberal education are threaded throughout general education and the major.  

Hilbert College, St. Bonaventure University, Erie Community College, and Jamestown Community College
A New Structure for General Education
$230,000 over 36 months to rework the institutions’ general education curricula to reflect a common set of learning outcomes and create a more coherent experience for all students, including those who transfer among the partner institutions.

The Claremont Colleges (Pomona College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College & Scripps College)
Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence
$280,000 over 34 months to leverage consortial resources to create more transparent educational pathways for their students, enhance curricular coherence at each institution, and optimize resource allocation across the five colleges.

Other Teaching & Learning Projects

Associated Colleges of the Midwest
Video Dissemination Project
$20,000 over 8 months to edit full-length videos from the Institute for College Futures (ICF) into short, five- to seven- minute versions. ACM will host the short videos on its website and disseminate them to other consortia.

Rochester Institute of Technology
Planning grant: Building Capacity for the Integrative Liberal Arts at Technological Universities
$25,000 over 10 months for a planning grant to gather senior administrators and faculty from several members of the Association of Independent Technological Universities for a two-day meeting to design a multi-year program to address needs at the intersection of liberal arts and technical fields, which will include faculty development opportunities, curricular content, and implementation strategies.

College-Community Connections: Individual Community-Based Organization

Graduate NYC! (GNYC)
NYC Collaborative Curriculum Revision Project
$50,000 over 24 months to the Collaborative Curriculum Revision Project that will enable high school teachers and college faculty to support students’ academic transition from high school to college.

About the Teagle Foundation

The Teagle Foundation was established in 1944 by Walter C. Teagle (1878-1962), longtime President and later Chairman of the Board of Standard Oil Company (New Jersey), now Exxon Mobil Corporation.  It has a broad mandate “to advance the well-being and general good of mankind throughout the world” and over the years the Foundation has made grants in many areas, always, however, with an emphasis on the aid Mr. Teagle envisioned for “institutions of higher learning and research.”
Teagle Contact:
Desiree Vazquez
Program Associate