Academic Initiatives & Creative Endeavors
Academic Initiatives and Creative Endeavors provide students with an academic adventure. Our fantastic faculty not only help students set the compass for intellectual journeys, but are partner travelers, working with students as they forge a unique academic pathway.
We are committed to:
- student-centered teaching
- active, experiential learning
- small classes that create a community of learners
- place-based courses that take advantage of our spectacular location
- undergraduate research and creative activity featuring independent projects
- committed faculty that provide academic mentorship
Our three schools include the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, and School of Education. In each school, we offer a wealth of exciting majors and minors, inspiring courses, and innovative programs. We provide academic experiences that awaken curiosity, encouraging students to ask new questions and discover new answers. And, most importantly, students will find dedicated faculty that will help shape a meaningful college career that both challenges and supports our students.
One of our most important goals is to connect students to a "community of care." We provide a wide range of resources to ensure student success, including tutoring (peer education), advising, career and life design, undergraduate research, counseling, recreational services--and more!
When choosing to donate to Academic Initiatives, we utilize funds to support the areas above with the greatest need, including those that are most pressing, most creative, and most impactful in supporting student success and development.
The College administration has set aside faculty development money to be disbursed to faculty who submit quality proposals to enhance their development as teachers and innovators. While the established Faculty Development Grants Committee for Traditional Scholarship and Research (TS/R) emphasizes personal scholarship intended for external professional dissemination, the Faculty Development Grants Committee for Teaching Innovation, Pedagogy and Assessment (TIPA) emphasizes activities that will primarily result in innovations intended for dissemination to the Fort Lewis College community.
The intent of this money is to initiate projects that result in a sustainable, long-term change to a program or to the long-term professional development of a faculty member with respect to teaching innovation, pedagogy, and/or assessment.