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Randolph College Receives Mellon Foundation Grant

$50,000 grant will support 18-month project

2/27/2009 9:06:09 AM


LYNCHBURG – Randolph College has been awarded a $50,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for an 18 month project that will support the integration of experiential learning across the curriculum.

This is an opportunity for the College to examine an increasingly popular teaching strategy designed to formally integrate students’ academic study with direct "hands-on" experience.

In fall 2009, the college will feature guest speakers who have substantial experience with various models of experiential learning in higher education, as well as invited faculty members from other institutions who will share examples of successes within their disciplines. It will be an opportunity for Randolph faculty who are already engaged in experiential learning, and others who have not incorporated the technique into the classroom, to enhance understanding of the potential benefit to the learning community.

In the second semester, a number of Randolph’s faculty members will be encouraged to visit other institutions to view model experiential learning academic experiences and relate back to their Randolph colleagues. In late spring, faculty members will be invited to compete for stipends for summer work that will result in modifications or creation of new courses that incorporate experiential learning opportunities into their discipline.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations