Cornell Plans to Expand Off-Campus Engagement

Friday, October 10, 2014

Source: The New York Times

Not just conducting laboratory experiments about water filtration, but building water filtration systems and installing them in towns that cannot afford to buy them. Not just studying South American musical traditions, but going to a village in Peru to hear them first hand, armed with a slew of instruments on which to train local children. Not just reading about workplace diversity, but going to India to assist with an employment program for people with disabilities.

Through an initiative to be announced on Monday, Cornell University plans to transform its curriculum to make real-world experiences like these a defining aspect of the undergraduate experience. Backed by $50 million from the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, which university officials intend to augment with $100 million from other philanthropies, the program will be called Engaged Cornell.

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