What’s New in the Classroom

Princeton aims to be distinctive among research universities in its central and enduring commitment to undergraduate teaching. The Office of the Dean of the College actively supports excellence in undergraduate education through course development, curricular innovation and a broad range of workshops, seminars and consultations for faculty and students offered by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning.

Each spring, the 250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education awards funding for curricular initiatives to increase innovation, effectiveness and excellence in teaching. It is designed to stimulate and support the creative energies of faculty who are committed to the highest quality teaching by providing resources to assist them in creating innovative new courses or making significant revisions in existing courses to take advantage of new technologies and teaching methods. Examples of innovative course design may be seen in the Teaching Ideas Video Gallery.

The McGraw Center views teaching and learning as processes of inquiry. For teachers, that inquiry entails reflecting on what they want students to learn and deciding how to advance and assess that learning. For students, that inquiry involves the self-conscious questioning and awareness of their approaches to learning. The center translates the research on human learning into meaningful ideas for practice for both teachers and students. 

News and Events

February 8, 2016 - 'Extraordinary processes' course links art and engineering

February 8, 2016 - Summer journalism course in Greece: Reporting on the Front Lines of History

January 28, 2016 - Students explore artists' roles in remaking cities, with a focus on Detroit

July 23, 2015 - Chew on this: Examining racial identity one literary bite at a time

June 25, 2015 - Summer institute encourages university educators to engage students in science

April 30, 2015 - 250th Anniversary Fund supports innovation in undergraduate curriculum

October 29, 2014 - Online learners join Princeton students in 'Global History Lab'

February 5, 2014 - Demand surges for academic assistance

December 1, 2013 - Educational Technologies Center and Broadcast Center Join McGraw

September 1, 2013 - McGraw Center has a New Leadership Team 

March 25, 2013 - In the art of mathematics, work is play and tricks are the trade