Grants made under the Teagle/NEH partnership are intended to foster: (1) a common intellectual experience anchored in transformative texts and (2) a pathway through general education that helps students connect the humanities to their professional aspirations. These elements may be translated into a variety of curricular structures/formats with an eye to ensuring that students have a substantive experience in the humanities regardless of their desired major or professional aspirations.
The Cornerstone program model pioneered at Purdue University is adaptable and can work in a range of institutional settings. Wherever possible, we encourage institutions to take advantage of curricular structures that already exist. For example, some institutions could adapt an existing first-year seminar requirement so that it serves as the basis for providing a meaningful share of incoming students with a common intellectual experience. Such institutions may benefit from grant resources to build out such a structure along with developing a pathway through general education. Others may choose to embed transformative texts in other parts of the general education curriculum to allow for a more intensive core experience while also developing thematic clusters to help students connect the humanities to problems of practice in various professional domains. Still other institutions, in order to incentivize students to participate, may choose to develop a certificate program whose requirements may be satisfied with general education courses. See this toolkit for more insight into adapting the Cornerstone program model in your setting.