Johnson and Lyndon State Colleges have received a grant from the Davis Educational Foundation in Yarmouth, Maine for $224,646 over three years to support revising the general education curriculum and fund professional development opportunities for faculty once the two institutions merge next July to become Northern Vermont University.
Under the merger, the two-campus institution of higher education will combine the best of the colleges’ nationally recognized liberal arts and professional programs under a single administration. Its mission will be to provide a high-quality, accessible, inclusive education for students in Vermont, the region, and beyond. The plan is for current president of Lyndon and Johnson, Elaine Collins, and provost Nolan Atkins, to assume those posts at the newly merged school.
The Davis Educational Foundation was established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after his retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.
According to Sharon Twigg, Johnson associate professor and chair of the writing and literature department who leads the curriculum initiative, the new curriculum will focus more on critical thinking and problem-solving, rather than memorizing information.
“We’re trying to make the general education program more exciting to students by including courses with more high-impact, hands-on learning. It will provide them with a basic set of skills they need to do well in their major and to do well as they move on from college,” she said.