New round of Third Century Initiative learning funds available


Faculty and staff who have ideas for engaged, action-based learning are encouraged to submit proposals for the next round of Third Century Initiative funding, due Jan. 17.

To date, more than 50 projects have been funded under the Transforming Learning for a Third Century portion of the initiative that was established by the president and provost in 2011, with a commitment of $50 million over five years.

The goal of the TCI is to inspire innovative programs that enhance learning experiences and develop creative approaches to the world’s greatest challenges.

Provost Martha Pollack also recently announced that engaged learning is one of three major priorities for the university’s new $4 billion Victors for Michigan development campaign.  

“Our faculty and staff are experimenting with and building upon many models of engaged learning. These action-based and experiential approaches are critical to providing educational value to our students in the 21st century, when their ability to be creative, deal with complexity and ambiguity, work across multiple cultures and understand multiple perspectives to any challenge will be critical to success,” said James Holloway, vice provost for global and engaged education.

“The TLTC grant programs provide a fantastic opportunity for faculty and staff to carry out these experiments and to develop successful models into efficient and sustainable practices.”

TLTC funding is available for two programs: Quick Wins, and Discovery and Transformation. The latter has two phases, but only Discovery funds are available in this round.

Quick Wins are described as relatively small-scale, “shovel-ready” projects that have transformative potential for curriculum, pedagogy and student learning. Funding of up to $25,000 is available.

Discovery projects involve teaching and learning that can be questioned, explored and planned or piloted. Up to $50,000 is available. Successful Discovery projects may be eligible in future rounds for the Transformation phase, with funding between $100,000 and $500,000.


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