The American Assembly Receives 220K Grant from The Arcadia Fund for The Open Syllabus Project

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Monday, May 16, 2016

Location: New York, NY

CONTACT:  Joe Karaganis, Vice President, The American Assembly, 212-870-3500

The American Assembly announced today it is receiving $220,000 from The Arcadia Fund in support of its Open Syllabus Project, an effort to create the first large-scale online database of university course syllabi as a platform for the development of new research, teaching, and administrative tools.  The project’s Syllabus Explorer leverages a collection of over 1 million (and counting) syllabi collected from university and departmental websites.

“The American Assembly is pleased to announce a $220,000 grant from the Arcadia Fund to support the development of the Open Syllabus Project,” said Vice President Joe Karaganis, “The grant recognizes the potential of the Open Syllabus Project to be a major force for expanding the availability and use of open access educational materials around the world--a major goal of the Arcadia Fund.  The grant will help the OSP grow in size and capabilities over the next year, providing a global audience with access to curricular data distilled from over one million syllabi.  The grant will also support outreach to the range of academic and non-academic constituencies for the project, including libraries and university presses.”


The Arcadia Fund supports charities and scholarly institutions that preserve cultural heritage and the environment. We also give grants that promote open access. Since 2002, Arcadia has awarded more than $363 million to projects around the world. 

The American Assembly is a public policy institute founded by Dwight D. Eisenhower at Columbia University. For over 60 years, The Assembly has fostered non-partisan public-policy discussions through convening, research, and publication. Over 100 ‘American Assemblies’ have been held on topics ranging from prison reform to health care to nuclear disarmament.  In recent years, Assembly projects have made a wide range of contributions to economic, urban, and cultural policy, including projects on workforce development, financial regulation, and the role of the arts in American universities.

Today, the Assembly has two major program areas—Cities and Knowledge Economies—which focus on building the resources and networks needed to develop effective public policy in these areas.



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