The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation gave Colorado College an $800,000 grant to support its strategic plan. The grant–to be used during the next four years– is the largest the college has received from the foundation.
The award will allow the college to strengthen its signature Block Plan, launched in 1970, in which students study one subject at a time, in 3½-week segments. The Mellon Foundation support allows CC to strengthen three key areas:
• Encourage systematic innovation in engaged teaching and learning.
• Intensify collaborative learning through undergraduate research.
• Investigate the distinctive learning outcomes of the Block Plan, using what CC has learned in the process to refine the model and share it with others in education.
Also, CC plans to develop a higher profile for the Block Plan, including sharing data with other institutions, particularly high schools that are interested in how the plan supports learning. Among the activities planned are visits from higher-education scholars who want to study learning on the Block Plan, a national conference on language immersion study and a journal on innovative learning approaches.
In addition, the grant will enable the college to develop programs that will be housed in a new Center for Immersive Learning and Engaged Teaching, to be located in the Tutt Library.