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The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Andrew Carnegie founded The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 1905, "to do all things necessary to encourage, uphold and dignify the profession of teaching." The Foundation is the only advanced study center for teachers in the world and the third oldest foundation in the nation. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is a national and international center for research and policy studies about teaching.

With a focus on the scholarship of teaching, the Foundation seeks to generate discussion and promulgate sustainable, long-term changes in educational research, policy and practice. Foundation programs are designed to foster deep, significant, lasting learning for all students and to improve the ability of education to develop students' understanding, skills and integrity.

The Carnegie Initiative at Elon University

In May of 1999 President Lambert agreed to fund a three-year initiative in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) on the Elon campus.  A total of $72,000 was dedicated to funding 12 projects designed and implemented by faculty and students.  The Carnegie Committee was formed to select and oversee these projects.  Throughout this three year initiative the committee has maintained contact with the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) and the American Association of Higher Education (AAHE).  We have been delighted with their interest in and support of our work. The President and Provost have agreed that it is important for the Carnegie work to continue on the Elon campus.  This has resulted in the development of "Project Interweave." This project is designed to interweave the scholarship of teaching and learning more fully into the Elon campus culture through the establishment of a "Scholar/Student-in-Residence" program and through the possible publication of a book on Elon's work. 

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