Donor: The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
Program Director: Eric Jensen, Director, Aydelotte Foundation (2014-2015); Patricia Reilly, Provost's Office, Former Associate Provost (2012-2013)
Award Date: October 2012
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations awarded Swarthmore College's new Institute for the Liberal Arts a grant of $250,000 to help support its first two years of facilitation and exploration of programming to help advance and evolve liberal arts education.
Developing an institute for the future of the liberal arts is one of the recommendations identified in Strategic Directions, the College's plan for the future that was published in December 2011. The plan identifies as a key priority the need to create the Swarthmore Institute for the Liberal Arts in order to study and expand liberal arts education at Swarthmore, in the United States, and around the world. There is currently no collection of scholars and practitioners devoted to understanding the intrinsic value of the residential college, encouraging innovation in this setting, or expanding liberal arts approaches around the world.
Project Period: 11/1/2012-5/31/2015