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Mellon Foundation aids PNW liberal arts colleges

Through an $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the newly formed Northwest Five Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges will create learning, research and development opportunities for faculty and students.

Lewis & Clark, Reed College, University of Puget Sound, Whitman College and Willamette University make up the consortium, which will use combined resources to establish a broader and more diverse intellectual community. Through the partnership, faculty members will join communities of practice to enhance research, develop innovative approaches to teaching and create new academic initiatives.

The consortium will host an annual interdisciplinary workshop for faculty and staff, develop a NW5C website and establish a fund for innovation in teaching and learning — empowering collaborative faculty teams to share resources and expand student opportunities. The grant will support a program coordinator with an office at Willamette College.