VIP Consortium

With its potential to transform higher education, the VIP program is transitioning to the national and international stages.  Through support from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, partner institutions in the US will expand/establish VIP programs at their institutions, define effective practices for a variety of sites, and support new partners in the establishment of new VIP programs. 

In the 2015 Consortium Launch Meeting, participants identified working group topics:

  • Faculty development, effective practices
  • Long-term sustainability for sites, institutionalization
  • Tools and resources
  • Diversity of faculty and students
  • Evaluating student learning in VIP context
  • Recruiting new institutions, sponsors, partners
  • Education research

In the coming months, consortium members will establish working groups and identify working group leaders.  Additionally, a dedicated consortium website will soon be established, providing consortium member listings and team listings.  Click here for more information on the 2015 Consortium Launch.

In the 2014 Consortium Planning Workshop, seven key VIP program elements were identified:

  • Projects are based on faculty mentor’s research
  • Long-term, large-scale projects that each continue for many years, even decades
  • Program is curricular and all student participating are graded (A-F; not P/F or S/U)
  • Students can participate and earn credits toward their degrees for at least two years
  • Learning outcomes focus on the development of both disciplinary and professional skills
  • Multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged but not required
  • Dedicated classroom and meeting spaces

Click here for more information on the 2014 Consortium Planning Workshop.