The Teagle Foundation has a tradition of convening grantees as well as others from the higher education community. These discussions help the Foundation refine its policies and inform future initiatives. Below are reports from recent gatherings.
Attendance is by invitation only.
Educating for Freedom - For All
On October 3, 2019, to mark its 75th anniversary, the Teagle Foundation hosted a forum entitled "Educating for Freedom--for All", which featured leaders and fresh voices promoting equity in higher education. Hear more about Why the Liberal Arts Matter through clips from the Forum.
The program featured Jennifer Summit, provost at San Francisco State University; Roosevelt Montás, senior lecturer in American Studies and English at Columbia University and former director of the Center for the Core Curriculum at Columbia University; and Melinda Zook, professor of history at Purdue University. A panel discussion, moderated by Frank Bruni of the New York Times, featured Freeman A. Hrabrowski, III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and Gail Mellow, former president of LaGuardia Community College from 2000-2019.
Liberal Arts and the Professions
On April 13, 2018, the Foundation convened a meeting of eight projects representing over 30 institutions that are part of the Liberal Arts and the Professions initiative. The initiative is focused on embedding the liberal arts in professional programs of study, with a special focus on business, engineering, and nursing. This convening specifically brought together participants focused on integrating the liberal arts and business education.
Madeleine Green summarized major themes that emerged from the discussion here.
College-Community Connections Forum
The Foundation collaborated with the Partnership for After School Education (PASE) to host the College-Community Connections Forum on April 26, 2017. Over 100 representatives from community-based organizations, institutions of higher education, and philanthropy were gathered in attendance. Through the Forum, PASE and Teagle shared reflections on partnerships between institutions of higher education and local communities, introduced the College-Community Connections model, and highlighted the importance of liberal arts education in equipping students for further education, careers, and life.
A summary of program learnings, videos of program presentations, and additional resources were prepared by PASE.
Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence
On April 6 and 7, 2017, the Foundation convened a meeting of ten projects representing 50 institutions that are part of the Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence initiative. The purpose of the initiative was to support campus projects in which faculty work together to “create a more coherent and intentional curriculum whose goals, pathways, and outcomes are clearer to students and other constituencies with a stake in the future of higher education.”
Madeleine Green is the author of the full report of convening activities.
Hybrid Learning and the Residential Liberal Arts Experience
Grantees from 40 institutions participated in our "Hybrid Learning and the Residential Liberal Arts Experience" convening in April 2016 to share early successes and challenges in their funded projects. Featured speakers included MJ Bishop, Director of the William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation at the University System of Maryland, and Daniel Cohen, Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America.
Jessie Brown of Ithaka S+R summarized key themes that emerged from the discussion here.
A Larger Vision for Student Learning: Education for Civic and Moral Responsibility
On April 9-10, 2015, the Teagle Foundation convened grantees from its A Larger Vision for Student Learning: Education for Civic and Moral Responsibility initiative along with special guests in New York City. The goal of "A Larger Vision" is to see a return to advancing values in higher education that better prepare students to live meaningful, reflective, and engaged lives. Representatives from each project came together at the midpoint of their grants to discuss, listen, and learn from the experiences of their colleagues.
View excerpts from a keynote address by Martha Kanter, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Higher Education and Senior Fellow at New York University. Read the full report on the convening here.
Community of Scholars, Community of Teachers
The Teagle Foundation gathered grantees and other special guests on April 10-11, 2014 for its “Community of Scholars, Community of Teachers” convening. The gathering featured projects funded under the Teagle initiative Graduate Student Teaching in the Arts and Sciences, which seeks to help graduate students become better teachers both as individuals and as members of communities of practice.
For more information, see Margaret Miller's report on the convening.
On November 4-5, 2013 the Teagle Foundation gathered grantees and other special guests to focus on its "College-Community Connections" (CCC) initiative. Started in 2005, the CCC program established partnerships between New York City community-based organizations and college and universities. Within each of these eleven partnerships, academically ambitious programs have been developed to expose financially disadvantaged but talented high school students to the rigors of a college liberal education while also encouraging them to think expansively about the colleges to which they might apply. During the convening, attendees explored several topics including liberal education as it relates to democracy and opportunity, “college match” for underserved students, and the sustainability and replication of the CCC partnerships.
For more information, see Cheryl Ching's report on the convening.
Faculty Work and Student Learning in the 21st Century
On April 11 and 12, 2013, the Teagle Foundation convened a meeting focused on its “Faculty Work and Student Learning in the 21st Century” initiative. The RFP was released in 2011 and seeks to explore what the changing nature of liberal education—increasingly defined as the development of intellectual and personal capacities, and increasingly shaped by a tough economic climate and by the continuous emergence of new online technologies—means for how colleges and universities and their faculties in the arts and sciences educate undergraduate students. Among the over 50 faculty and administrators present were representatives of the nine grant-funded projects as well as other special guests. The meeting was comprised of several major presentations, responses, and facilitated discussions on each of the major themes of cognitive science, technology, and the changing forms of faculty work.
For more information, see Margaret Miller's report on the convening.