Grant Propels First Year Students to Take Stronger First Steps

Starting next semester, first year students’ very first class at Nebraska Wesleyan University will get a powerful boost. A $50,000 grant from the New York-based Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will help faculty create and revise seminars using service learning and other high-impact practices to promote student learning.

“The Liberal Arts Seminars set the tone for the culture of inquiry that students enter as they begin their educations at Nebraska Wesleyan,” said President Fred Ohles. “To have our program recognized by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is a strong endorsement to our mission at a national level.”

Students entering NWU sharpen their writing and speaking skills in their Liberal Arts Seminars while working collaboratively with classmates. Seminar topics range from “The Necessity of Wilderness,” to “The Psychology of Music.” The courses are designed and taught by NWU professors with upper-level students serving as co-instructors and mentors.

With the grant’s help, Nebraska Wesleyan faculty will explore new teaching strategies and best practices for guiding students toward excellence within an academic community committed to personal growth and service.