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In the fall of 2013, President Hanlon shared an academic vision for Dartmouth where the institution's impact on the world is extended through interdisciplinary faculty teams who collaborate at the leading edge of discovery and where students are given uncommon access to new ideas around the globe through course work and research opportunities. Specifically, he outlined several tactics designed to advance Dartmouth's strategy of enhancing its expertise in teaching while simultaneously enhancing faculty scholarship and increasing the institution's global footprint.
Experiential or action-based learning offers students the chance to develop the skills they need to operate effectively through active, rather than passive, learning. Dartmouth offers hundreds such learning opportunities for students and is continually expanding those offerings. President Hanlon's criteria for experiential learning are that:
President Hanlon and the Board of Trustees have prioritized the expansion of The Thayer School of Engineering and the west end of campus, more broadly, as a site of research impact, innovative experiential learning, and application of learning technologies.
At his inauguration President Hanlon announced that an innovation and new venture incubator would launch in spring 2014, offering students access to resources, including seed funding and mentorship, which will allow them to pursue business ventures and social entrepreneurial initiatives.
The Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network (DEN) Innovation Center and New Venture Incubator launched in June 2014 and, in 2018, was endowed and renamed the Magnuson Family Center for Entrepreneurship at Dartmouth.