Ripon College Awarded Arthur Vining Davis Grant for Curriculum

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation awarded Ripon College a $50,000 grant to use toward the Ripon College Curriculum Planning and Review. Faculty have been working this past year reviewing and revising the curriculum and will continue the process this fall under Dr. Ed Wingenbach, the new vice president and dean of faculty.

“Ripon College consistently scores higher than many of its peers and aspirant schools when it comes to teaching and building academic connections with our students,” said President Zach Messitte. “The Arthur Vining Davis grant will help us think about ways we can improve our curriculum to face the ever-changing needs of 21st century students.”

Surveys consistently show that Ripon College seniors rate their experience with faculty very highly. In particular, Ripon students report that their faculty show high levels of interest in learning and provide prompt feedback on papers and tests. Non-classroom interactions with students receive even higher marks. Seniors at Ripon also report a higher level of academic challenge and effort compared to their first year.

“Our intention is to continue working this fall to review and revise the curriculum in ways that preserves the best of what we currently do while improving the academic engagement and the diversity experiences of our students inside and outside of the classroom,” Messitte said.


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