Roanoke will participate in the project, titled “Value Added Assessment of Programs of Intense Student-Faculty Interaction: Developing Intentional Learners,” working in collaboration with Drew University, Muhlenberg College, Moravian College and Susquehanna University.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Roanoke College to team with other respected liberal arts institutions to determine the impact that our programs are having on students. Our goal is to prepare students who are actively and purposefully engaged in the learning process rather than passively absorbing information that’s presented to them. This project will allow us to test the efficacy of our efforts and provide an assessment model for other schools,” says Dr. John Day, vice president and dean of the college.
“Collaboratively and separately, the institutions will develop tools to assess various programs of intense student-faculty interaction: first-year seminars (Drew), lower- and upper-level writing-intensive courses (Moravian), capstone courses and student-faculty research (Muhlenberg), freshman orientation and first-year seminar (Roanoke), and first-year core and senior capstone courses (Susquehanna),” Dr. Curtis Keim, of Moravian College, explained. Keim is one of the principal investigators for the project.
The grant to Roanoke and the other partner colleges was one of 14 new grants announced by The Teagle Foundation, which is committed to providing intellectual and financial leadership in the effort to promote and strengthen liberal education. The Foundation announced grants totaling over $2.5 million to fund collaborative projects involving over 50 colleges, universities and educational institutions. The funding will extend the Foundation’s Outcomes and Assessment initiative, which explores the potential of faculty-led value-added assessment, and its Fresh Thinking initiative, which supports working groups intended to bring new ideas to the liberal arts.
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, now ExxonMobil Corporation. The Teagle Foundation provides leadership for “liberal education, marshalling the intellectual and financial resources necessary to ensure today’s students have access to challenging, wide-ranging, and enriching college educations.”
Roanoke College, the country’s second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.” Roanoke’s 1,900 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.