Southern Vermont College has announced the award of a prestigious grant from the Davis Educational Foundation in the amount of $200,000. The grant will provide funding for curriculum innovation.Southern Vermont College will conduct a three-year transition to a curriculum featuring four courses per semester, in place of its current five-course model, ultimately enabling students to probe subjects in greater depth. This structural change will allow for important pedagogical re-visioning as well. The college will distinguish its approach by significantly enhancing experiential learning across all fields of study, an approach aligned to engaged, collaborative, laboratory learning.The college already employs such strategies effectively in several degree programs, according to Provost Albert DeCiccio. Support from Davis Educational Foundation will help the college expand these laboratory practices, he reported. The depth created through the shift toward four-credit courses is what will enable full activation of this methodology, where opportunities for research and hands-on learning will link theory to practice. DeCiccio noted that many of the nation s top liberal arts colleges utilize a four-course, four-credit-per-semester curriculum. Our additional emphasis of hands-on learning is a direct response to the learning styles of our students; we embrace the opportunity to enhance our offerings through this approach.Southern Vermont College President Karen Gross commented, This approach will do more than help our current students. This creates a prototype for higher education more broadly.In making the award, Davis Trustees expressed admiration for the College s goals and recent accomplishments. They also assessed the project plans as thoughtful and ambitious, yet realistic. This Davis Educational Foundation gift provides affirmation of the new trajectory of Southern Vermont College and the important progress that we are making for our students and our institution, added Dean of Advancement Karen Trubitt.The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elizabeth Davis after Mr. Davis s retirement as chairman of Shaw s Supermarkets, Inc.Founded in 1926, Southern Vermont College offers a career-enhancing, liberal arts education with 21 academic degree programs for approximately 500 students. Southern Vermont College recognizes the importance of educating students for the workplace of the twenty-first century and for lives as successful leaders in their communities. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.