CSULB was one of 87 higher education institutions or networks of institutions worldwide selected to participate in a new program that has the goal of improving undergraduate and graduate education through The Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL).
The CASTL Institutional Leadership Program is a three-year partnership between Carnegie and selected colleges, universities and higher education organizations with a strong commitment to the careful examination of teaching and learning. Participants were selected for their ability to influence education in 12 areas, ranging from assessment and accountability to undergraduate research.
CSULB is working under the program theme “Student Voices in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.” Western Washington University serves as the coordinating institution and the other schools directly involved with this particular theme are Elon University, Illinois State University, North Seattle Community College and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
At a Carnegie convening in November in Washington, D.C. the members of this theme developed the charge: “We commit to engaging students as collaborative partners in improving teaching and learning. We charge ourselves to create models that re-conceptualize learning spaces and roles. We will investigate, expand, share, and reflect upon experiences of learning founded on participation, reciprocity, and trust toward the development of student voices.”
“This is really about encouraging students to be more involved in their education,” said Betsy Decyk, a lecturer in the departments of philosophy and psychology at CSULB and one of the Carnegie Project campus leaders. “At CSULB we have sponsored student/faculty conversations on collaborative learning and we will be developing other programs as well.”
Other CSULB faculty leaders for the project are Terre Allen, director of the Center for Professional Development, Alan Colburn in science education, Julie Rivera in Chicano and Latino studies and Nancy Strow Sheley in English and liberal studies.