Experiential learning has been central to Atkinson’s curriculum for more than twenty years. In the last decade, however, the Atkinson School has augmented experiential learning with efforts we call consequential learning. In consequential learning, students are compelled to apply what they learn and experience the consequences of decisions they make.
Two examples that illustrate the differences in experiential vs. consequential learning are the WU Angel Investment Fund and O’Neill Student Investment Fund. Now, Willamette University has joined with the Mountain West Investment Corporation to create a $150,000 fund focused on granting money to not-for-profits looking to make an impact in the local five counties (Marion, Polk, Benton, Linn, and Yamhill).
This is the inaugural year of Willamette University Atkinson School Grant Program. This year's focus is to support the long-term social and economic development within the five counties in the area. The program views education, green energy and arts and culture as areas of impact that will help our community and its students thrive, leading to the next wave of innovation in our state.