Gift to REACH Helps with Goal to Scale Up

Mon March 28, 2016

As announced in a campus news article earlier this month, alumni Ricky and Mara Sandler gave $1.5 million to UW-Madison for the REACH project. Co-sponsored by the Educational Innovation (EI) Initiative and DoIT Academic Technology, the project’s focus is on increasing students’ engagement in large, introductory, lecture-based courses to improve student learning outcomes.

“Since work began on this project last year, it was always a goal to expand the project to other departments and courses,” says Sarah Miller, REACH project co-lead and Leader of Faculty Engagement. “This gift will enable us to fulfill that goal, which will lead to an increase in active learning opportunities and ultimately student success.”

The departments of chemistry, mathematics and physics have been partnering with the REACH project team to redesign introductory courses that will benefit tens of thousands of first- and second-year students over the next 5 years.

In addition to REACH, DoIT Academic Technology supports a range of initiatives and major projects in collaboration with partners as well as committees and groups. Contact us to discuss how we can help with your next project.

Photo by Jeff Miller/University of Wisconsin–Madison