Spotlight on Innovation: How Jacksonville State University Plans to Boost Students’ Critical Thinking Skills

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SPOTLIGHT ON INNOVATION SERIES

The US Department of Education has awarded multi-million dollar "First in the World" grants to 24 colleges and universities that are innovating to solve critical challenges with access, recruitment, retention, and student success. At AI, we have interviewed each of the recipients to learn more about the projects these institutions are pursuing, how their approaches are unique, and what other colleges and universities can learn from these new efforts.

by Sarah Seigle and Daniel Fusch, Academic Impressions

Expanding on Jacksonville State University's Collaborative Regional Education (CORE) model, which is currently funded by a $12 million Investing in Innovation grant for PK-12, the First in the World grant will supports ongoing professional development for JSU faculty, focused on unlocking the potential of technology and of active learning. Their "Fast Forward" quality enhancement plan, aided by a more than $3 million First in the World grant from the US Department of Education, is focused initially on improvements for Jacksonville State's college of arts and sciences, but with the intent to be scalable across disciplines.

Here's some of what the initiative entails.


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