(Photograph by Varun Mody)
Roosevelt University’s history program was selected by the American Historical Association and the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education as one of 11 partner institutions from the Chicago, Houston and New York metro areas for a four-year, $1.65 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The program, titled History Gateways, focuses on “evaluation and substantial revision of introductory college-level history courses to better serve students from all backgrounds and align more effectively with the future needs of a complex society.”
“Roosevelt’s selection by the AHA positions our history program - and, by extension, the University - as a regional and national leader in designing innovative approaches to introductory humanities courses and student success,” said Bonnie Gunzenhauser, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
The revision of introductory courses in history aims to increase academic success among students from the least-prepared populations who also correlate disproportionately to dropping out of college entirely. According to Chris Chulos, associate dean and professor of history, “History Gateways will benefit the history program as well as provide a model for first-year survey courses across disciplines and in the new CORE general education curriculum at Roosevelt University.” Chulos will serve as project director working with history professors Margaret Rung, Sandra Frink and Celeste Chamberland.
History Gateways launches in January 2019 and runs through December 2022.