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Activity #1:  Continuing Support for the Centers of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

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Abstract: The Centers of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is the umbrella under which faculty members (experienced and new) are instructed in the most effective strategies for engaging and teaching today’s college students. Title III supported the development of the CETL two years ago with supplemental funding via the CCRAA supplement. During the initial implementation phase, all of the goals were accomplished. A continuation of funding is requested so that the types of services provided can be expanded to include work on the other components of CETL.  CETL’s primary goal is to improve student learning by improving the quality of teaching at the university.  In addition, CETL serves as the realization of the Faculty Development Institute that was initiated via the AAMU Title III HBCU Activity.  In the original proposal, CETL was described as being composed of the following centers: Center for Faculty Development; Center for Instructional Technology and Media Services; and Center for Assessment and Evaluation. The continued funding of CETL will allow the university to consolidate and formalize several of its initiatives – faculty and staff development, use of instructional technology, distance education and assessment.  Given that, it is requested that funding for CETL be extended so that it can continue to improve student learning by engaging the faculty in conversations about the most recent advances in pedodological approaches to teaching via in-house seminars and workshops and workshops led by outside consultants. 


Activity Director: Dr. Pamela Arrington

Telephone: 256-372-8231