Three New Grants Support Curricular Innovation, Access to Educational Excellence

Posted April 22nd, 2011 at 5:10 pm.

Three grants totaling about $1.65 million have been awarded to Bryn Mawr College this spring, offering support for curricular innovation and enhanced access to education of the highest quality. The new funding will be crucial in the College’s continuing efforts to shape a curriculum that achieves the core ideals of liberal-arts education in an era of rapid technological and social change.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the College $1 million to help fund the College’s efforts to create “an innovative and sustainable liberal arts curriculum for the 21st century.” The grant will make possible the exploration of new initiatives such as the Tri-Co Digital Humanities Consortium, 360° course clusters, half-semester courses and writing-intensive courses. Funding from this grant will also help the College explore the targeted use of online and open courseware; pursue “signature” Tri-College academic programs with Haverford and Swarthmore; and investigate the possibility of developing partnerships with research universities.

A $400,000 grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will make Bryn Mawr one of just a few liberal-arts colleges participating in a program hat helps community-college students transfer to prestigious four-year institutions. Through the grant, Bryn Mawr will partner with the Community College of Philadelphia and Montgomery County Community College to create a pipeline for high-achieving, low-income community-college transfer students to attend Bryn Mawr.

Finally, a $250,000 grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges will fund a pilot program that blends traditional liberal-arts classroom interaction with online learning in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines. The goal is to enhance student engagement as a means of improving course completion, persistence in  science and math majors, and college completion. After developing its program, Bryn Mawr has agreed to share it with 35 other liberal-arts colleges from across the United States.

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