Baruch College, City University of New York was awarded the 2008 TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award by Herb Allison, TIAA-CREF Chairman and CEO, at the American Council on Education’s 2008 annual meeting in San Diego, CA. The College was lauded for its Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, led by Mikhail Gershovich.
The Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, within Baruch College, works with faculty to develop and teach communication-intensive courses. Baruch recognizes the essential role of effective teaching in ensuring that our nation’s colleges and universities remain the global gold standard for excellence in higher education.
The Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute at Baruch College serves as both a think tank and an academic service unit. It is dedicated to helping Baruch faculty ensure that students are able to communicate effectively in both academic and professional contexts.
The Schwartz Institute collaborates with faculty members to infuse communication-intensive activities into the curriculum. It has taken a leading role in the use of weblogs to improve student writing at Baruch, and its blog serves as a forum for Schwartz Fellows to interact with other instructors to exchange teaching ideas and best practices.
The Institute’s annual Symposium on Communication and Communication-Intensive Instruction brings together leading business professionals and educators from around the country to engage in intimate and productive discussion of communication-related questions and problems.
Certificate of Excellence
Montclair State University was selected to receive a TIAA-CREF Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence for its Service-Learning Fellows Program, which trains and prepares faculty to apply their teaching and scholarship to pressing social issues in partnerships with neighboring communities. The program awards up to six fellowships annually. Fellows are required to attend training workshops, then develop and teach a minimum of one service-learning course.