Washington and Lee University Planning Grant

Leadership Coalition

Washington and Lee University is a Leadership Coalition Institution. "We seek to examine the results of our students taking, during our 4-week spring term, a single, unique course, whose activities, assignments, and projects would fill their entire week. Over the past 18 months our faculty have developed nearly 200 new courses for this intensive term, courses that are designed to be fully engaging, often employing experimental pedagogies, with high student/faculty contact; courses that seek to challenge and develop the learning of students in ways that traditional teaching methods might not be able to match. We ran the first 4-week revitalized spring term in 2010 and are now approaching the second running of this term. We have implemented a range of assessment tools to determine the effect on our students_ critical and creative thinking skills from the intensive 4-week term."