RADNOR, Pa. (Dec. 14, 2012) – The Teagle Foundation has awarded the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE) $150,000 over two years for its collaborative initiative “Building Faculty Capacity for 21st Century Teaching” expanding faculty usage of twenty-first century approaches to teaching and faculty work.
Member institutions of the SEPCHE consortium include Cabrini College, Chestnut Hill College, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Holy Family University, Immaculata University, Neumann University, Rosemont College, and Arcadia University. This consortium of eight independent colleges and universities in the Philadelphia region has engaged for almost two decades in collaborative problem solving—improving teaching and learning among students, faculty, and staff, increasing operating efficiencies, and enabling college access.
SEPCHE members share a deep commitment to preparing leaders who are not only skillful and knowledgeable problem solvers, but who are also self-aware, reflective, ethical and fully integrated in their intellectual and personal capacities. This collective effort, enabled through the generosity of The Teagle Foundation, will advance ongoing work leveraging the science of learning in both teaching practices and faculty work to ensure that students are learning at the highest possible levels.
This prestigious award is one of a select number of grants made nationally by The Teagle Foundation exploring innovative solutions that address the changing nature of undergraduate education. SEPCHE’s Building Faculty Capacity for 21st Century Teaching provides a creative, cost-effective model for faculty development that leverages the science of learning to strengthen teaching.
“The Teagle Foundation has been a steadfast partner with us in our ongoing work to leverage the science of learning to improve teaching and learning over the last four years,” SEPCHE Executive Director Beth Moy said. “Their vote of confidence in our efforts to scale a consortium wide virtual teaching and learning center is a distinguished honor and we look forward to continued collaborative work with The Foundation to improve learning outcomes for the students we serve.”
The Teagle Foundation provides leadership for liberal education, mobilizing the intellectual and financial resources that are necessary if today’s students are to have access to a challenging and transformative liberal education. The Foundation’s commitment to such education includes its grantmaking to institutions of higher education across the country, its long established scholarship program for the children of employees of ExxonMobil and its work helping economically disadvantaged young people in New York City—where The Foundation is based—gain admission to college and succeed once there.