Virginia Wesleyan University is featured in a just-released report on independent colleges that have implemented meaningful change. In “Innovation and the Independent College: Examples from the Sector,” the Washington, D.C.-based Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) highlighted selected universities’ responses to challenges facing them. The report is designed to be a guidebook for leaders who want to push for change on their campuses.
“I am pleased to share some of the ideas that are transforming independent higher education,” said CIC President Richard Ekman.
The following Virginia Wesleyan innovations were highlighted in the report:
- Curricular Reform: The University undertook a curriculum-mapping project to streamline academic programs, closing the gap between 100- and 200-level courses and 300- and 400-level courses; the project highlights the importance of advising and using this scaffolding approach to enable more students to benefit from experiential learning, including study away.
- Experiential Learning: The University is using a curriculum-planning grant from the Teagle Foundation to identify new ways for students to benefit from experiential leading, including study away, research, internships, and service learning.
The report is based on the results of eight CIC focus-group workshops held across the country to discuss how colleges can remain relevant and continue to grow. A team from Virginia Wesleyan University took part in the gathering hosted by McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, in April 2017. Special thanks to the Arthur Vining David Foundations, Carnegie Corporation, Endeavor Foundation, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Jessie Ball DuPont Fund, Lumina Foundation for Education, National Endowment for Humanities, Teagle Foundation, and TIAA Institute for funding the focus groups and preceding initiatives.