Transforming the way we interact with our students
The College of Arts and Sciences has received a $250,000 grant from the Lilly Foundation to fund finding new ways of dealing with an academic environment characterized by these twin truths:
- Some 80-85% of incoming freshmen make possible career outcomes a key factor in deciding where and what they are going to study.
- Students pursuing Liberal Arts degrees often do not see the connections between what they are learning in the classroom and their pursuit of any number of possible future careers.
The College is using the Lilly Grant to establish a Career Connections Fellowship intended to help faculty make their students more aware that what they are learning in the classroom will be of great use to them in post-college careers. The fellowship is designed to offer long-term faculty the opportunity to workshop -- in a cohort setting -- a course that they already teach or would like to teach, paying special attention to elevating the awareness of how what they teach reaches beyond strictly academic settings. On the most basic level, the Career Connections Fellowship is designed to aid faculty in helping their students better recognize the far-reaching value of what they are being taught.