Becker College receives $125,000 grant from Davis Educational Foundation

Published on Monday, July 14th, 2014

Becker College has been awarded a $125,000 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation to help transform liberal arts education. The grant, which is spread over two years, will be used to facilitate Becker’s newest initiative focused on creating a general education core curriculum that will prepare students to be world ready and to succeed professionally in a continuously changing landscape.

“Today’s college graduates are entering a world that is increasingly complex and ambiguous, with rapid rates of change due to technology advancement, expanding globalization, shifting economic conditions, and rising threats from climate change,” said Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., president of Becker College. “Becker recognizes that there needs to be a metamorphic shift in the way we train and educate undergraduate students.”

“This grant provides us with a unique opportunity to reposition liberal arts education as the forefront of professional development,” said John MacDonald, Ph.D., vice president of innovation, and interim chief academic officer at Becker College. “Simply put, under this new curriculum, a student’s professional major will be how he or she gets a first job, and liberal arts education will be how he or she navigates the complex web of their career trajectory.”

Since 2010, under the leadership of Dr. Johnson, Becker College began a transformation with the goal of achieving university status by 2020. The College has increased retention, grown enrollment, launched new programs, and is amidst a five-year plan to re-conceive general education. The plan, which began in 2012, calls for institutionalizing global citizenship across the curriculum, and creating a common liberal arts core designed to prepare students who are world ready through an integrated liberal arts and professional education. The Davis Educational Foundation grant will help advance work already underway in regard to this liberal arts core curriculum.

“In making the award, Trustees credited the objective of strengthening the liberal arts core and saw the project as potentially transformative for the College,” William S. Reed, chair of the Davis Educational Foundation Board of Directors, wrote in a congratulatory letter.

The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.