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Husson University Receives Grant for Over $142,000 From Davis Educational Foundation to Rethink General Education

Published on: August 28, 2015

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BANGOR, MAINE – The Husson University School of Science and Humanities has received a grant for $142,300 to fund the school’s ongoing project, “Re-envisioning General Education.”

The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.

“This grant will support efforts to revise and rethink our general education curriculum. It affirms Husson University’s dedication to providing students with an exceptional core curriculum that will serve as a strong foundation for all of their studies,” said Robert A. Clark, Ph.D., CFA, president of Husson University.

“Husson has been engaged in reviewing its general education curriculum over the last two years,” said Patricia Bixel Ph.D., Dean of the School of Science and Humanities. “The Davis Foundation understands the importance of general education within a larger college curriculum. Being awarded this grant is testimony to the strength of our initial planning and a vote of confidence in our process and goals.”

Bixel notes that the grant award will allow Husson to create a coherent and consistent general education curriculum that both prepares students for their chosen majors and is flexible enough to adapt if students change their minds. At the end of the grant period, Husson University will have developed and implemented a new, dynamic general education curriculum based on best practices from around the country. The goal is to create progressive and rigorous course sequences that teach defined content and skills applied within a student's major.

In awarding the grant, the Davis Foundation Trustees noted their admiration for “the University’s determination to ensure a relevant, high quality, core educational experience for students while improving credit transfer among programs.”

“Outside grants and awards provide strong recognition that Husson’s academic programs are effectively preparing work-ready graduates. In addition, they affirm the University’s role and value in transforming student lives,” added Clark. “Husson is extremely grateful to the Davis Educational Foundation for supporting our continuing efforts to ensure that our curriculum helps support future economic growth in Maine, and beyond, by preparing students for successful professional careers.”

The Davis Educational Foundation, established as a public charitable foundation in 1985, supports the undergraduate programs of public and private, regionally accredited, baccalaureate degree granting colleges and universities throughout the six New England states. Co-founded by Elisabeth K. Davis and Stanton W. Davis, the foundation is an expression of the couple’s shared support and value for higher education and has provided close to $98 million in grants to more than 157 institutions. For more information visit

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