For faculty members, the program offers a chance to work on projects that cut across disciplines and to explore new and innovative collaborative projects that might not otherwise be possible.
In the summer of 2001, the selection process for summer research projects was enhanced, and program funding increased to provide more substantial stipends and to be more competitive in attracting students.
Curriculum enrichment includes external support and internal development. For example, Rensselaer has received $1.2 million from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to improve undergraduate science education through the development of new biotechnology-related courses and student and faculty exchanges with other universities.
A new Bachelor of Science in Electronic Arts program was offered by Rensselaer for the first time in 2001. The innovative program will offer art students a unique environment in which to develop and realize cutting-edge electronic art, while, at the same time, it contributes to the intellectual diversity of the Rensselaer student body.
Important developments in support of undergraduate education inspired by The Rensselaer Plan range from instructional workshops to major financial awards. For example, an annual colloquium on teaching and learning is offered by the Office of Undergraduate Education. That office also provided 50 laptop subsidies for faculty and 28 curriculum innovation grants in 2001, and a new two-week orientation program was established for International Teaching Assistants.
A Lively, Engaging Student Experience
College is not just about academics and career planning. It is about exploring new interests, learning to live with a variety of people with different backgrounds and different perspectives, discovering ones strengths and weaknesses, exploring new interests, and having fun.
Initiatives springing from The Rensselaer Plan are enlivening campus life intellectually and socially, and providing pervasive opportunities for student enterprise, community service, and leadership development. Rensselaer is demonstrating an unfaltering commitment to student success that extends from the first contact with Rensselaer to the alumni years.
The first-year experience. At the heart of The Rensselaer Plan is the importance of community. While working to develop and maintain essential relationships among partners outside the campus, Rensselaer also is focused on enhancing the overall quality of life within the Rensselaer community.
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