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Lasell Selected to Participate in New Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction

April 21, 2016

Lasell College has been selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) as one of 21 institutions nationwide, and the only college in Massachusetts, to participate in a new Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction. The Consortium is part of a multi-year project to improve teaching and learning in the humanities, explore new approaches to online education, and promote collaboration among smaller private liberal arts colleges.

A $1.38 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will support the work of four-person teams from each participating institution over three years. Two faculty members from each team will develop new upper-level courses in the humanities, pilot the courses in 2017, revise the courses, and offer them again in 2018 to students from all the participating colleges.

Two administrators on each team-the chief academic officer and the registrar-will focus on institutional support for online learning, policies for sharing courses, and other aspects of institutional collaboration. The teams will come together for three national workshops, beginning in August 2016.

"This project advances our interest in promoting global awareness through our curriculum and our commitment to lowering costs by collaborating with other colleges," said James Ostrow, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lasell. Lasell will develop two online courses for the project: Advanced Spanish 1 and Classics of World Literature.

CIC President Richard Ekman said, "Online teaching and learning has tremendous potential to sustain the humanities at smaller liberal arts colleges. By sharing courses that might be under-enrolled at a single institution, humanities programs can maximize the use of their instructional resources and offer their students a wider range of high-quality courses."

The first meeting of the Consortium will take place in Alexandria, Virginia, August 7-9, 2016.

More information about the project and the participating institutions is available on the CIC website at www.cic.edu/OnlineHumanities.

Consortium for Online Humanities Instruction (2016-2018) Participating Institutions include: Bloomfield College (NJ), Carlow University (PA), Carroll College (MT), Carroll University (WI), Claflin University (SC), Clarke University (IA), Concordia University Texas (TX), Gettysburg College (PA),  Lasell College (MA), Mount Mary University (WI),  Northwestern College (IA), Randolph-Macon College (VA),  Rosemont College (PA), Shenandoah University (VA), Siena College (NY), Simpson College (IA), St. Edwardʼs University (TX), St. Olaf College (MN),  Ursuline College (OH),  Walsh University (OH), and Wesleyan College (GA).