Bethany College Partners with Consortium to Enrich Student Learning

Teagle Foundation Awards $15,000 Grant for Collaborative Course Delivery

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Teagle Foundation of New York has approved a planning grant of $15,000 for a group of five private colleges, including Bethany College, in West Virginia and Virginia for a “Collaborative Course Delivery” project.

The institutions are part of the Independent College Enterprise (ICE) and sought help from the Teagle Foundation to develop and implement a creative model for sharing in the delivery of a few courses. By delivering classes to multiple campuses, the colleges can offer additional courses for students, because they are reducing the cost of creating and providing classes while maintaining or improving the quality of student learning.
 
“By collaborating with Independent College Enterprise member institutions, Bethany College is furthering our mission to empower and enrich the studies of our students through a growing variety of resources,” stated Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College.

Schools participating in the collaborative course delivery initiative are Bethany College, Davis and Elkins College, Emory and Henry College, the University of Charleston, and West Virginia Wesleyan College.
 
The five private colleges and universities, all members of ICE, sought help from the Teagle Foundation to develop and implement a creative model for sharing in the delivery of a few courses. By delivering classes to multiple campuses, the colleges can offer additional courses for students by reducing the cost of creating and providing classes while maintaining or improving the quality of student learning.

In 2001 five schools came together to create ICE, and a shared administrative computing system. There are now six member institutions, and the shared system is more robust than any one college could implement. College officials estimate that shared computing is saving each school nearly $200,000 annually. The success of ICE has created the base of cooperation for further collaboration, such as the current project.

Participants hope that the project will produce a new, blended model for instruction that incorporates some of the advantages of distance education with the importance of face-to-face interaction between faculty and students at liberal arts institutions.

The group plans to finalize the course delivery models by November 2011, for implementation in the fall of 2012.

The Teagle Foundation provides leadership for liberal education, mobilizing the intellectual and financial resources that are necessary if today's students are to have access to a challenging and transformative liberal education. The Foundation's commitment to such education includes its grantmaking to institutions of higher education across the country, its long-established scholarship program for the children of employees of ExxonMobil, and its work helping economically disadvantaged young people in New York City — where the Foundation is based — gain admission to college and succeed once there.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.