Illinois Wesleyan University has snagged a $350,000 grant to increase student engagement. The issue is not new. But, Provost Jonathan Green says today's college students are more diverse, poorer, and have less family tradition of going to college than past generations.
The Mellon Foundation is offering the money to Illinois Wesleyan in Bloomington to develop new courses and teaching methods to reach the new model students. Green says faculty and administrators say they can also be better prepared to meet the intercultural needs of today's students.
IWU is trying to develop interdisciplinary team taught courses, and will also use some of the money for workshops, training, and mentoring.