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Clark U Awarded $620,000 Grant from Mellon Foundation

Friday, July 08, 2016

 

Clark University curricular innovations has been awarded a $620,000 from the Mellon Foundation to help with developments in humanities education. The grant is a three-year grant and is in effect from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2019. 

“At Clark, we seek to offer our students opportunities to connect what they learn in the classroom with genuine problems faced by professionals working in humanities-related fields. This project will strengthen the effective practice, skills-building component of our LEEP initiative, which immerses students in projects addressing issues, challenges and opportunities at partnering organizations," said Matthew Malsky, dean of college and associate provost. 

What the Grant Will Do 

The new curriculum efforts will connect scholarship, creative practice and teaching all of which practice the humanities in the world. 

Clark U will create and integrate into every humanities major a new type of course  which will immerse students in projects addressing challenges and opportunities experienced by humanities-related organizations. 

By the time the grant ends, Clark expects to be able to create numerous "problems of practice" courses across the humanities majors and to establish the communities of effective practice needed to continue offering the courses. 

Students in all majors will have opportunities to take course which engage them in significant and meaningful projects, in worlds beyond the classroom. 

“We anticipate learning a great deal from the work to be done,” Malsky said.

To Summarize

In summary, the anticipated benefits of these Clark initiatives include:

  • For students, an enriched experience and skill-building opportunities that will give them an edge after graduation.
  • For faculty, resources to create connections and build networks for their courses but also to invigorate their research and creative efforts.
  • For partner organizations and professionals, connections with Clark faculty and the energy and work of students through project activities that can enhance organizations and bring new perspectives to problems and opportunities.
  • For the humanities field, training for the next generation of humanities professionals to keep the field strong and vibrant.

The project as a whole will also benefit liberal education efforts nationwide by testing this model of interdependent courses, experiences and supporting networks.

 

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School: UMass-Amherst

Average Debt of Graduates: $28,999

% of Graduates with Debt: 70%

 

 

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School: UMass - Dartmouth

Average Debt of Graduates: $29,311

% of Graduates with Debt: 81%

 

 

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School: Newbury College - Brookline

Average Debt of Graduates: $30,802

% of Graduates with Debt: 82%

 

 

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School: College of the Holy Cross

Average Debt of Graduates: $30,880

% of Graduates with Debt: 59%

 

 

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School: Pine Manor College

Average Debt of Graduates: $31,016

% of Graduates with Debt: 89%

 

 

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School: Bentley University

Average Debt of Graduates: $31,208

% of Graduates with Debt: 58%

 

 

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School: Stonehill College

Average Debt of Graduates: $32,248

% of Graduates with Debt: 76%

 

 

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School: Nichols College

Average Debt of Graduates: $32,747

% of Graduates with Debt: 82%

 

 

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School: Babson College

Average Debt of Graduates: $33,258

% of Graduates with Debt: 44%

 

 

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School: School of the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston

Average Debt of Graduates: $33,446

% of Graduates with Debt: 64%

 

 

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School: Assumption College

Average Debt of Graduates: $33,481

% of Graduates with Debt: 79%

 

 

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School: Suffolk University

Average Debt of Graduates: $33,812

% of Graduates with Debt: 78%

 

 

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School: Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Average Debt of Graduates: $34,224

% of Graduates with Debt: 84%

 

 

Based on data from 2013 graduates from the Institute for College Access & Success

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School: The New England Conservatory of Music

Average Debt of Graduates: $35,349

% of Graduates with Debt: 57%

 

 

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School: American International College

Average Debt of Graduates: $35,587

% of Graduates with Debt: 89%

 

 

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School: Gordon College

Average Debt of Graduates: $37,410

% of Graduates with Debt: 82%

 

 

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School: Boston University

Average Debt of Graduates: $37,694

% of Graduates with Debt: 58%

 

 

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School: Endicott College

Average Debt of Graduates: $40,090

% of Graduates with Debt: 74%

 

 

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School: Lasell College

Average Debt of Graduates: $40,709

% of Graduates with Debt: 86%

 

 

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School: College of Our Lady of the Elms

Average Debt of Graduates: $41,813

% of Graduates with Debt: 82%

 

 

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School: Wheelock College

Average Debt of Graduates: $42,313

% of Graduates with Debt: 93%

 

 

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School: Curry College

Average Debt of Graduates: $42,356

% of Graduates with Debt: 81%

 

 

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School: Becker College

Average Debt of Graduates: $43,238

% of Graduates with Debt: 94%

 

 

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School: Anna Maria College

Average Debt of Graduates: $48,750

% of Graduates with Debt: 92%

 

 

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School: Boston Architectural College

Average Debt of Graduates: $50,520

% of Graduates with Debt: 75%

 

 

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