Oxford College has been associated and actively engaged with the Carnegie Foundation's Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) since 1999. In 2003 Oxford College was selected by CASTL as one of 12 national leadership sites. This designation was made on the basis of our work in and promotion of Cognitive-Affective Learning (CAL) as a necessary requisite to advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning. Together with cluster institutions Agnes Scott College, Kennesaw State University, Wright University School of Medicine, and the Community College of Philadelphia we articulated specific affective dimensions of learning, created a comprehensive bibliography on the cognitive-affective relationship in teaching and learning, published an electronic, peer-reviewed international journal, Journal of Cognitive- Affective Learning (JCAL), integrated undergraduate students in all stages of our work, assessed both student and faculty perspectives of CAL pedagogies via quantitative and qualitative methods, and initiated a national conversation focused on CAL.
In 2006 Oxford College was once again selected by CASTL as a national leader in the area of cognitive affective learning. We assume this leadership position for the period of 2006-2009 and are joined by Creighton University, Kennesaw State University, St. Martin's University, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, University of Portland, and University of the Pacific. Each of our institutions is committed to scholarship and research focused on linking affective and cognitive development. The focus on CAL by our individual institutions will both maintain our national conversation and expand the scholarship of teaching and learning on our respective campuses.