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CIRTL Core Ideas

The CIRTL Core Ideas, often referred to as Pillars, are at the foundation of CIRTL's initiatives: Learning Community and Learning-through-Diversity. 

These Core Ideas are the basis of the CIRTL proposal and strategic plan. Enhancing learning of all students has been the primary objective since the beginning, but only late in the first year of the project did the consortium recognize the importance of including learning-through-diversity as an explicit third foundational concept. 

  • Learning Community bring together groups of people for shared learning, discovery, and generation of knowledge. To achieve common learning goals, a learning community nurtures functional relationships among its members. 
  • Learning Through Diversity capitalizes on the rich array of experiences, backgrounds, and skills among STEM undergraduates and graduates-through-faculty to enhance the learning of all. It recognizes that excellence and diversity are necessarily intertwined.