Professor Richard Light was elected this week to the Teagle Foundation Board of Directors. The foundation is committed to providing intellectual and financial leadership in the effort to promote and strengthen liberal education.
Light, who will be one of 15 elected board directors, said that he is both delighted and honored to join the Teagle Foundation Board of Directors. "The foundation is strongly committed to sponsoring innovative ideas in colleges and universities of all types. And their special emphasis is to ask tough questions when they make a grant to any college or university or other organization,â€ Light said. â€œTheir favorite question to ask is, â€˜Where is the evidence that the new idea, or the innovation we are sponsoring, is actually enhancing studentsâ€™ learning?â€™ This is exactly the way I think. I look forward to a great relationship with Teagle, and the opportunity to fund exciting innovations at many colleges and schools â€” always to help studentsâ€™ growth and learning."
â€œWeâ€™re thrilled to welcome Dick Light to Teagleâ€™s Board of Directors,â€ said W. Robert Connor, president of the Teagle Foundation. â€œHe is a leader in higher education, imaginative, innovative, and utterly dedicated to helping students have the richest, the most engaged, the most challenging and rewarding college experiences possible. His experience and expertise, in the qualitative assessment of student learning and much more, will benefit the Foundation enormously.â€
Light is also an Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been a leading figure among important efforts for assessment and evaluation of learning with organizations such as the American Evaluation Association, the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. General Accounting Office, and the National Academy of Education. Previously, he was also a Trustee of Wellesley College, on the National Board of the American Association for Higher Education, and the National Board of the Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education.