Memo to business, pre-med, and engineering majors: You don’t get to avoid those pesky literature, philosophy, and history courses. At least not if the Teagle Foundation has its way—and it just awarded more than $500,000 in new grants to ensure it.
Through its “Liberal Arts and the Professions” initiative, Teagle hopes to integrate liberal arts content into professional undergraduate education. Two funded projects will focus on business education, while a third will use interfaith studies to build stronger bridges between the liberal arts and preparing students for leadership in business and medicine.
Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) received $250,000 from Teagle to support IFYC’s collaboration with colleges and universities that fosters interfaith collaboration to prepare students for leadership in a religiously diverse world.
Franklin and Marshall College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Bucknell University received $280,000 over 36 months for a program to better integrate the liberal arts into courses of study for aspiring business executives. Teagle awarded another $150,000 over 18 months to the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program to create a program of peer learning that focuses on integrating liberal arts into business education. The funder also hopes the grant will raise the profile of new curricular designs and teaching strategies, which brings us to another key Teagle initiative.
The funder’s Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence program is an extension of its past work to improve teaching in the liberal arts. It supports projects by faculty to collaborate and create an intentional curriculum with clear goals and pathways for students. A new grant under this initiative will launch a placement and curricular streamlining strategy at three New York Community Colleges. The Project for Relevant and Improved Mathematics Education (PRIME) received Teagle funding for three community college campuses in the CUNY system to better enable students placed in remedial mathematics classes to gain college-level proficiency more quickly.