In the final days of last block, CC received an $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the college’s strategic plan over the next decade.

The grant will support the plan’s goal of creating an “immersive learning environment” through expanded undergraduate research opportunities and faculty/student collaboration. Two new offices, the Office of Field Study and the Office of Undergraduate Research and Thesis/Fellowships, will be created to oversee the progression toward these goals.

The grant will also allow the College to “develop a higher profile for the Block Plan,” by gathering data on the effectiveness of the college’s academic structure and sharing it with other institutions, the college said.

Finally, the grant will enhance programs in the Center for Immersive Learning and Engaged Teaching, the focal point of the college’s strategic plan. The Center will be built in the renovated version of Tutt Library, and will contain a variety of creative resources to support students in their academic endeavors.

CC has been the recipient of many Melon Grants over the years. However, the money awarded to the college this year far surpasses previous sums.

In 2011, CC received $509,000 grant from the foundation to support the college’s language curriculum. In 2009, the college received a similar sum slated for advancement purposes.

Mallory Shipe, Staff Writer

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