Illinois Wesleyan Shares Teagle Foundation Grant for Assessment
June 17, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois Wesleyan University is part of a six-college consortium
that has received a $300,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation of New York City for
a program designed to measure civic engagement and intellectual development in students
attending residential liberal arts colleges.
In addition to Illinois Wesleyan, the consortium includes Augustana College, which
is administering the grant, Alma College of Michigan, Gustavus Adolphus College of
Minnesota, Luther College of Iowa, and Wittenberg University of Ohio.
“We look forward to working on this project with the other members of our consortium,”
said Illinois Wesleyan Provost Janet McNew. “With the Teagle Foundation's generous
support, we will have an opportunity to explore this important area of assessment
and to compare and contrast our results with peer institutions.”
More than 50 colleges throughout the United States divided into six different consortia
received grants as part of the Teagle Foundation's Outcomes and Assessment Initiative.
W. Robert Connor, president of the Teagle Foundation, said in a statement on the foundation's
Web site: “Nothing has the potential to enhance the educational experience as much
as a sustained assessment of how and what students learn. Teagle's approach to assessment
starts with teachers in the classroom, instead of being driven by pressure from the
top down, to create new methods of understanding student engagement. We believe that
once this knowledge is applied at other institutions, our work has the potential to
far surpass the dollars we have invested.”
The Teagle Foundation was established in 1944 by Walter C. Teagle, longtime president
and later chairman of the board of Standard Oil Company (New Jersey), now Exxon Mobil
Corporation. The Foundation is committed to providing intellectual and financial leadership
for the promotion and strengthening of liberal education.