Schwob School Of Music Earns Statewide Teaching Award

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music has been recognized by the state Board of Regents as the recipient of the 2008 Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award for Departments and Programs.

Linda Noble, the Board of Regents’ assistant vice chancellor for faculty affairs, said a panel of faculty and administrators from the University System of Georgia’s 34 institutions reviewed numerous outstanding portfolios. “Unanimously, these reviewers voted to recommend the Schwob school as this year’s winner,” she stated in a letter notifying the school of the honor.

Fred Cohen, director of the Schwob School of Music, called the award “a tremendous validation of the school’s commitment to educational excellence.”

“It is an external recognition that goes beyond the great music we produce,” he said. “It is an acknowledgement from the Board of Regents, and from professional educators across the state, that we are a model for education in the state of Georgia.”

The reviewers commended the culture of commitment to teaching excellence and student learning that exist at the school, housed at the Saunders Center for Music Studies in the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, and formally commented that those who make up the faculty and staff “not only ‘know’ how to teach, but how to think about teaching and learning.”

“Receiving this award is one more jewel in the crown of accomplishments for the Schwob School of Music and for Columbus State,” Cohen said. “It lets others know that the school, and the university, is pursuing educational excellence and distinction at every academic level.”

Noble also cited the Schwob School of Music’s commitment to the Regents’ “Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education” by noting the school “engages regularly in peer review teaching and has established effective benchmarks for progressive learning.”

The Schwob school’s 324 students pursue one of seven undergraduate degrees or a master’s of music education, led by 21 full-time faculty and several adjunct instructors.

Student musicians are featured in individual or ensemble performances more than 150 times during a school year, either in the RiverCenter’s three concert halls or in regional, national or international competitions.

The Schwob School of Music will formally receive the award at a meeting of the Board of Regents this fall.

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