Consortium on Fostering Interdisciplinary Inquiry

The multi-institutional Consortium on Fostering Interdisciplinary Inquiry was formed in spring 2007 under the auspices of the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Minnesota to transform the capacity of the participating universities to successfully engage in interdisciplinary research, education and training, and creative activity.

Consortium members will develop an assessment tool and conduct a comprehensive self-study that will examine policies and practices in key functional areas.  Results from the self-studies were shared at an invited conference in November 2008, which the University of Minnesota hosted [download conference proceedings].  The conference provided opportunities for consortium members to exchange with their peers their findings about opportunities and challenges in interdisciplinary inquiry, and to develop strategies for improving the climate for interdisciplinary activity at institutions of higher education.  

In addition to the University of Minnesota, the consortium membership includes: