Virginia Tech is launching a centre for higher education innovation to chart new ways to prepare students to solve problems and generate new perspectives in today’s complex world.
The Calhoun Centre for Higher Education Innovation is one of three interrelated initiatives to benefit from a USD20 million gift to the Honours College by Virginia Tech alumnus David Calhoun, a senior managing director for Blackstone and the former CEO of Nielsen.
The gift will also support the development and implementation of curricula for the Calhoun Honours Discovery Programme, a pilot model for collaborative learning within the Honours College that will train graduates for the 21st century’s innovation economy. Of the gift, USD15 million is endowed for Discovery Programme scholarships.
Design of the Discovery Programme pilot initiative began more than a year ago, first with a working group that outlined a vision for the project. The project recently moved into a new phase, with a new team formed to design the initiative in detail.
“An initiative this ambitious would not be possible without extensive collaboration across our university,” said Knox, the Honours College dean. “I appreciate all the partners who are helping make this possible. That includes Dave Calhoun. His generosity makes it possible for us to launch this project at a much larger scale than we could ever have done without him.”