College awarded $1.55M for new curriculum

Connecticut College was recently awarded two grants totaling $1.55 million to support the implementation of Connections, the College's innovative new general education curriculum.

The Endeavor Foundation awarded the College $800,000, which will support two yearlong advising seminars, the development of six initial Integrative Pathways and the development of partnerships with universities and colleges abroad to promote ethical global engagement.

"This generous grant from The Endeavor Foundation will support our mission to educate global citizens who are prepared to 'put liberal arts into action' throughout their personal and professional lives," said President Katherine Bergeron.

The College was also awarded $750,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which will provide vital support for the centerpiece of Connections, the Integrative Pathway. A set of interdisciplinary courses and other experiences curated around a central theme, such as public health, entrepreneurship or sustainability, the Pathway allows students to explore a question or area of interest to them from many different perspectives. The grant will support the development of approximately 15 Pathways over the next three years.

"The ultimate goal of Connections is to prepare graduates who are equipped to lead change in an increasingly complex global society," President Bergeron said. "We are thrilled that the Mellon Foundation is helping us to advance this important work."

The grant will also fund the hiring of a new professor in the Education Department with expertise in urban education and inclusive pedagogy, as well as provide new instructional technology infrastructure.

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July 14, 2016