Supported by a $243,000 grant from The Teagle Foundation, ‘Gateways to Liberal Education’, Ursinus will lead a group of four national liberal arts colleges to identify best practices in “gateway courses,” such as common core curricula and first year programs and seminars, and then to communicate the benefits of liberal education to a wider audience.
UC Leads Teagle Grant to Study, Promote Liberal Arts
In addition to Ursinus, Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc., will look at how core courses help students develop the judgment needed in their careers and in their lives. The 2.5-year project aims to invigorate liberal education in American colleges. Teagle Foundation Proposal
Teagle Conference at Ursinus Examines ‘Gateway’ Courses
Representatives of the four liberal arts colleges met in July 2013 at Ursinus College to look at the benefits and challenges of discussion-based first-year courses that are the foundation for the schools’ liberal education.
The representatives have planned a series of conferences funded by the Teagle Foundation. The focus of these conferences will be the courses that serve as each school’s gateway to liberal education: courses ask the crucial human questions—How should we live? What does it mean to be human? What is the nature of the universe we inhabit?—whose examination defines liberal education.