Press Release

Teagle Foundation announces over $3.5 million in new grants: Focus on enhancing student learning in higher education

New York, NY (April 6, 2009) - Today, the Teagle Foundation announced 16 grants totaling over $3.5 million to fund projects involving more than 60 colleges, universities and other institutions in higher education. Given the importance of using systematic approaches to assess student learning, fourteen of the new grants were made under the auspices of the Foundation's Outcomes and Assessment initiative. Another - made as part of the Foundation's Fresh Thinking initiative - will help liberal arts colleges think through the value of investing in major technological resources. Finally, a major project - to be led jointly by faculty from the University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University - will identify and nurture a rising generation of academic and administrative leaders for the academy.

"These new grants are especially exciting because, collectively, they cover the areas where we believe strategic interventions can produce the greatest good- in the classroom, on campus and in the national conversation" said W. Robert Connor, President of the Teagle Foundation. "To have the opportunity to fund projects that work on all three levels is wonderful and a major step is ensuring this work will be widely used to improve student learning."

Outcomes and Assessment Grants

The Foundation's Outcomes and Assessment initiative is based on the belief that nothing has more potential to affect students' educational experiences than programs that build on the information gained through appropriate and systematic assessment of what they learn.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities -- $303,969
"The Engaged Department: Building Cross-Departmental Faculty Leadership for Liberal Education Outcomes"

Augustana College, Allegheny College, College of Wooster, and Washington College -- $284,960
"The Senior Capstone: Transformative Experiences in the Liberal Arts"

Belmont University and Wagner College -- $288,000
"Learning By Doing: Assessing the Relationship between Liberal Learning and Experiential Education"

College of the Holy Cross, Assumption College, and Saint Anselm College -- $297,441
"Assessing Students' Moral and Spiritual Growth in Liberal Arts Colleges"

Fairfield University, Fordham University, and Georgetown University -- $296,105
"Assessment of the Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network"

Great Lakes College Association, Associated Colleges of the Midwest, and the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College -- $214,863
"Study Abroad Learning and Cost Alliance"

Hamilton College -- $84,000
"Creating the Alliance for New Leadership for Student Learning and Accountability"

Northwestern University -- $165,766
"Assessing Undergraduate Outcomes Within Disciplinary Contexts: A Longitudinal Study of Critical Thinking and Post-formal Reasoning"

Rhodes College, Niagara University, and Franklin & Marshall College -- $280,713
"Systematic Assessment of Student Learning in Community-Based Learning Programs"

Seattle University, and Gonzaga University -- $300,000
"Using Embedded Assignments to Create Cultures of Assessment in the Majors and the Core"

Social Science Research Council -- $150,000
"The Patterns and Consequences of Variation in Cognitive Growth in Higher Education as Measured by the Collegiate Learning Assessment"

Southern Education Foundation -- $300,000
"Accreditation, Quality Enhancement Plans, and Documentation of Student Learning Outcomes"

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Indiana University -- $150,000
"Making Learning Outcomes Useful and Transparent: Mapping the Territory, Documenting the Journey"

Ursinus College, Goucher College, McDaniel College, Washington College, and Washington & Jefferson College -- $300,000
"Think, Feel Do: Enhancing Student Engagement with Diversity through a Holistic Assessment Approach"

Fresh Thinking Grants

Teagle's Fresh Thinking initiative encourages sustained analysis of ideas and issues that can help strengthen and define the goals of liberal education.

Union College, Bard College, Colgate University, Hamilton College, Skidmore College, and Vassar College -- $40,000
"Investigating the Utility of High-Performance Computing Capabilities at Six Small Liberal Arts Colleges"

Other Projects in Higher Education

The University of Pennsylvania, and Vanderbilt University -- $392,450
"New Leadership Seminar on Liberal Education"

Please visit to read detailed descriptions for these projects as well as for more information on the Foundation and all its programs.

About the Teagle Foundation
The Teagle Foundation is committed to providing intellectual and financial leadership in the effort to promote and strengthen liberal education.

Contact information:

Teagle Contact:
Donna Heiland