Kentucky Wesleyan College President Barton D. Darrell announced today that the College, after competing with colleges and universities across the United States, has been awarded a $2,187,127 grant by the U.S. Department of Education in support of its Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL), including technology to support the center’s operation. “The Center will increase our active-learning experiences throughout the curriculum and co-curricular activities,” stated Darrell. “The grant provides an even greater opportunity for our students to experience higher level service learning, which is a key to accelerated success following graduation.” The grant provides 88 per cent of the total project costs.
CETL staff will provide leadership and support for a wide range of high-impact practices, such as undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities, problem/inquiry-based learning, collaborative/cooperative learning and international programs and will enhance study abroad, internships, service learning and pro-active advising.
The grant will begin on Oct. 1, 2014, and the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning will open in the fall of 2015. Initial grant activities will focus on the service learning component with the existing Office of Career Development and Service Learning. Institutional costs for development of the CETL will be $267,250 – 12 per cent of the project costs.