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MUHLENBERG COLLEGE

Strengthening and disseminating a proven learning assistant model to support the postsecondary success of students with learning differences

Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, aims to develop independent critical thinkers who are intellectually agile, characterized by a zest for reasoned and civil debate, committed to understanding the diversity of the human experience, able to express ideas with clarity and grace, committed to life-long learning, equipped with ethical and civic values, and prepared for lives of leadership and service. Its Learning Assistant programme prepares student leaders to work with faculty partners to promote evidence-based approaches that enable students to build the skills, habits of mind, and conceptual mastery necessary for success within a competitively rigorous academic environment.

“Muhlenberg’s Learning Assistant program and other Oak-funded activities are a vital part of the college’s strategic efforts to promote academic community and excellence for students with disabilities within a universal design framework.”

– David Hallowell, Muhlenberg University’s
Assistant Dean for Academic Resources and Disability Services

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

  • 19% of Muhlenberg’s student population has a documented disability.

  • No statistically significant difference can be found in the performance of students with disabilities in Muhlenberg’s introductory biology sequence.

 

 

AWARD DETAILS

For information about this grant, please visit our Grant Database.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC PRIORITY AREA

1. Strengthen teacher capacity

2. Engage students

4. Personalize learning

 

 

 

SPECIAL TOPIC COVERED

- Metacognition

- UDL

- Postsecondary

- 1 in 5

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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CONNECT WITH US

 

Contact person for Oak LDP grant

Name: David Hallowell
Position:

Email: dhallowell@muhlenberg.edu

 

 

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

What have you accomplished through your Oak-funded programme that you’re most proud to share with your colleagues?

 

Support from the Oak Foundation has contributed to a community of practice at Muhlenberg, which is dedicated to promoting inclusive and supportive learning environments that forward our commitments to intellectual life, exploration, discovery, integration, engagement, and social responsibility.

 

 

What’s the most interesting challenge your Oak-funded programme currently faces?

 

Providing Learning Assistants with training on evidence-based practices and opportunities for practicum through a one-unit psychology course on personal and cognitive development has emerged as an essential element of the program.

 

 

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

 

Muhlenberg College is committed to providing an intellectually rigorous undergraduate education within the context of an inclusive and diverse campus. Its leaders strongly believe that diversity is essential to learning and to our success as a pluralistic community. Its curriculum integrates the traditional liberal arts with selected pre-professional studies. Faculty are passionate about teaching, value close relationships with students, and are committed to the pedagogical and intellectual importance of research. All members of the community are committed to educating the whole person through experiences within and beyond the classroom. Honoring its historical heritage from the Lutheran Church and its continuing connection with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Muhlenberg encourages, welcomes, and celebrates a variety of faith traditions and spiritual perspectives.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE OAK FUNDED  PROJECT

 

With Oak’s support, Muhlenberg College is both broadening and deepening its impact on students with learning differences through its Learning Assistant and Partners programs. Through the Learning Assistant program, 25 certified peer tutors, who have completed a course on personal and cognitive development, are assigned to critical, gateway courses to facilitate content-specific study sessions. The Learning Assistant program has helped promote student learning and achievement, provided opportunities for professional development, inspired future teachers, and helped faculty refine their pedagogical approaches. Through its Partners program, the college provides opportunities for mentorship between Muhlenberg and local area middle school students with learning differences through an arts-based, after-school curriculum. While this program is still in its infancy, it is intended to help participants build confidence, find their voice, make their own path, express and advocate for themselves, be resilient in the face of obstacles, and become part of a supportive community of learners.

 

 

 

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