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About the Project
Capstone experiences and independent studies have long been features of university curricula. Providing opportunities for all students to experience the thrill of investigation and discovery in a wide array of courses at various stages in their academic careers has proved a greater challenge.
Transformation of undergraduate education demands greater attention be directed toward developing students' abilities to thrive in a research-based learning environment. Institutional support is needed to position and develop these skills in meaningful ways within the curriculum. A grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provided the Berkeley campus community with the opportunity to meet this challenge by redesigning courses across disciplines, re-energizing large enrollment courses, and enabling students to develop information and critical thinking skills.
Berkeley's approach to transforming the undergraduate curriculum included:
In fall 2007 Berkeley's Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Academic Senate launched the Undergraduate Student Learning Initiative (USLI), an outgrowth of the Mellon Library/Faculty Fellowship for Undergraduate Research. USLI is designed to support departments in establishing learning goals and evaluation procedures for all undergraduate programs. It represents an unprecedented opportunity to work with departments across campus to support curricular change that permits Berkeley to achieve common goals for undergraduate learning. One of the most important of these, and a linchpin of the Mellon Library/Faculty Fellowship, is to equip undergraduates with research skills that will prepare them to undertake successful capstone research projects.
Project Manager: Pat Davitt Maughan | Project Director: Elizabeth Dupuis
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