Teagle Foundation

Teagle Foundation Funds NY-PA CAFÉ Planning Proposal

March 28, 2014

Hartwick College has received a planning grant from The Teagle Foundation in the amount of $25,000. The funds will be used for planning and development of the project Promoting Technological Innovation at Liberal Arts Colleges, and will allow Hartwick to convene partner institutions across two states for additional discussions.

"We are very excited that The Teagle Foundation sees the value in collaborating and sharing online courses, pedagogy, and resources," said Hartwick College Dean of Assessment and Retention Dr. Robert Drake. "It may be a look into the future for small liberal arts colleges."

A group of seven liberal arts colleges - members of the 24-member New York-Pennsylvania Consortium Advancing Faculty Excellence (NY-PA CAFE) - will plan how to develop and share online, distance, and blended courses. The seven participating institutions are Hartwick College, Alfred University, Houghton College, Lycoming College, Siena College, Skidmore College, and Susquehanna University.

The formation of NY-PA CAFE grew directly out of a Teagle-funded workshop on multi-college cooperation held at Hartwick College in 2012. This NY-PA CAFE project, Promoting Technological Innovation at Liberal Arts Colleges, will accomplish two goals: it will enable partner institutions to develop online, distance, or blended courses and subsequently share these courses among the group and eventually the entire 24-member NY-PA CAFÉ consortium.

In order to complete project planning, Hartwick College will host a series of face-to-face meetings and other discussions between partner colleges. Discussions will include the current relevant online, distance, and hybrid activities that are ongoing at their college; a review of each campus' priorities and goals for online, distance, and blended learning within the context of the proposed project; the learning management system in use at each institution; and an initial list of course development projects that faculty at each college are interested in completing during this collaboration.

The project will provide students with more course options, will enable colleges to maintain and expand course offerings including those in areas with low enrollment, and will accelerate the pace at which smaller colleges are able to adopt new technologies that offer the potential for improved teaching and learning.

For more information on the grant, please visit or contact Margaret Arthurs, director of corporate, foundation, and government relations, at (607) 431-4061 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Valerie Capullo
Phone: 607-431-4031