Mellon Foundation Awards $175,000 for Writing Program
January 16, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Illinois Wesleyan
University a $175,000 grant to expand writing-intensive courses.
The New York-based Mellon Foundation, named after businessman, banker, public servant,
and philanthropist Andrew W. Mellon, awards more than $200 million in grants annually
to build, strengthen and sustain the nation’s educational and cultural institutions.
The Foundation’s Liberal Arts Colleges Program provides multi-year grants to liberal
arts colleges across the country.
“This grant will help us in our efforts to develop an even stronger writing program
at Illinois Wesleyan,” said Frank Boyd, associate dean of faculty and associate professor
of political science at Illinois Wesleyan. According to Boyd, the courses will benefit
all students, regardless of their major. “No matter what discipline students choose
to specialize in, writing is one of the keys to their success when they go on to post-graduate
study or take positions with a non-profit organization, in government, or in the private
sector. The grant will support our efforts to keep students writing across the entire
university curriculum, whether in chemistry, literature or business courses.”
Emphasizing the importance of writing is a continuation of the University’s Writing
Across the Curriculum Program (WAC), which infuses writing into courses for first-year
students. With the four-year grant, more upper-level writing courses will be developed.
“New courses will promote a culture of writing at Illinois Wesleyan that goes well
beyond achieving writing competency and proficiency to prepare students for the challenges
that lie before them,” said Boyd. The grant will also provide for faculty development
and assessment of new courses.
Boyd reports that Mellon support will enable Illinois Wesleyan to appoint a faculty
member as Writing Program Director to oversee the development of more writing-intensive
classes and to support the integration of writing into courses. The new director
is expected to be named by February 1.
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960