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Innovative Environments in Learning brings SOIS to Florida

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

At this year’s Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning (CIEL) Jim Hall, executive director of The School of Individualized Study, moderated a dynamic conversation with more than 12 institutions and programs. Panelists traced their roots to the best of innovative and reform practice in American higher education at the conference held in Sarasota, Florida, October 26 & 27. Along with SOIS, CIEL members included representatives from Quest University (Canada), Evergreen College (Washington State), New College of Alabama, and Bennington College (Vermont). Hosted by CIEL member college, New College of Florida, this year’s conference commenced with a conversation on the topic of speech and civility issues on campuses, and continued with discussions on peer mentoring, academic structures that support intellectual collisions, campus mental health, and idea sharing for those CIEL members opening new, progressive universities in Vietnam and Portland, Oregon.