Thanks to the work of Dean Laura Bryan and others, Transylvania was awarded a two-year grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. As written in the proposal, these funds "will be used to reaffirm the centrality of liberal education in the curriculum and ethos of Transylvania University and to consider ways the campus community can marshal and organize resources to strengthen, build upon, and sustain its mission. More specifically, the overarching project goal is to pilot the expansion of Transylvania University’s Center for Liberal Education (CLE) as the leader for preserving the University’s liberal education mission. The existing CLE is now in its eleventh year of sponsoring the national Transylvania Seminar, a program external to the Transylvania community. Establishing an expanded leadership role of the CLE on campus could help develop, administer, and make connections between various programming initiatives related to the liberal arts and offer resources for strengthening teaching excellence."
During 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, the Center for Liberal Education is spearheading two lines of work under the auspices of the grant: a comprehensive review of Transy's GE curriculum, and the development of a proposal to create a Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) focused on faculty teaching development.