The CLE Initiative began as a series of informal discussions among faculty, staff, and students during Winter Semester 2003.  Initially, the conversations focused on gaps in expectations between students and faculty.  Faculty felt frustrated by the consumer mentality among many students.  Students felt faculty didn't recognize the conflicting demands on their time; some indicated faculty did not expect enough of them.  Student Affairs staff and faculty usually didn't communicate and did not always understand the contributions each group made to student learning and development.

There was sufficient interest in these issues that the group decided to formalize its identity and seek funding from the Provost's Office to conduct formal research at Grand Valley.

The co-directors of the initiative were Catherine Frerichs, Director of the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center and Professor of Writing, and Diana Pace, Associate Dean of Students and, formerly, Director of Counseling and Career Development.  The initiative was co-sponsored by the Provost, the Vice Provost for Student Affairs, the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, the College of Interdisciplinary Studies, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Oversight for the initiative came from the CLE Advisory Committee, a group appointed by the Provost, which consisted of representatives from across the campus.  It met twice a year.

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