Open Syllabus Project

The American Assembly is the home of the new Open Syllabus Project (OSP), an effort to build the first large-scale online database of university course syllabi as a platform for the development of new research, teaching, and administrative tools.

The OSP will provide new ways of understanding canon formation, the evolution of disciplines, pedagogical change, and institutional history. It will make curricula more transparent to students, faculty, and administrators, and enable better coordination of course and curricular development. It will enable new publication metrics and new insights into changing practices of scholarly communication, from tracking the use of open-access publications to measuring how frequently, and in what contexts, particular works are taught.

The OSP is building a large network of partners, drawing on researchers and staff at Columbia University, the New School University, and the University of North Carolina.  

The project is supported by the Sloan Foundation.  See what's new at the OSP.


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Reinventing America's Legacy Cities

Henry Cisneros, American Assembly trustee and twenty-year veteran of Assembly urban affairs work, says of the Legacy Cities meeting in Detroit:

"...All of us who participated were motivated by our desire to arrest the deterioration of the hardest hit cities and to improve the quality of life for the people who reside in them.  I believe we laid out a reasonable path."