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As a University committed to student success and thus to effective pedagogy, we are eager to adopt approaches to teaching that call upon students to explore the breadth of knowledge and methods of understanding. We also honor the science of pedagogy and thus are methodical in approaching teaching innovation. This grant proposal from Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences seeks support for faculty development that will accelerate the change that has already begun, thanks to Mellon's investment in Xavier through the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Faculty Development (CAT+FD). The goal is to make the previous investments more thorough by preparing a significant percentage of our faculty with the knowledge and understanding to create and assess courses that modernize a significant portion of the undergraduate academic experience: the core curriculum. The core curriculum is the College’s general education program and is currently based on a distribution model of course offerings.