Campus Dialogue Grants: Realizing Higher Education's Greater Purposes
Under the 2017-2018 RFP, campus dialogue grants of up to $5,000 for a single institution or up to $15,000 for consortia (institutional matching required for both) were offered to provide support for one-year projects based around thematically integrated gatherings or dialogues involving a core group of diverse campus constituents. The 31 awarded grants, chosen from a meritorious group of over 230 proposals, will provide support for one-year projects (calendar year 2017) based around a set of thematically integrated gatherings or “dialogues” involving a core group of diverse campus constituents. Including required matching funds, the dedicated amount for these projects totals over $450,000. BTtoP's support for these projects was made possible through the Endeavor Foundation of New York City.
While the designs of the proposed dialogues and the rosters of intended dialogue participants reflect each institution’s unique campus culture and attentiveness to current issues, ultimately these projects will facilitate the greater purposes of higher education: learning and discovery, well-being, civic engagement, and preparation for living meaningfully in the world. BTtoP’s hope is that these dialogues will lead to a change in the narrative around higher education from one that views a college education primarily as a pathway to a better job to one that views higher education as a pathway to a better life.
For their formal grant reporting requirement, awarded Campus Dialogue grantees will be invited and expected to participate as authors on a campus dialogue grant WordPress site: https://bttopcampusdialoguegrants.wordpress.com/. Through the WordPress site, BTtoP hopes to encourage a forum for building a transparent and collaborative community of practice, as well as foster relationships among grantees.
California State University Chico
Campus Compact National Office
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
College of the Canyons
CUNY Hostos Community College
Eastern Michigan University
Franklin & Marshall College
Frederick Community College
Humboldt State University
Mars Hill University
Mount Holyoke College
Portland State University
Saint Louis University
Santa Clara University
St. John Fisher College
SUNY Buffalo State College
University of Houston Downtown
University of Southern California
University of Utah
University of Washington Bothell
The following materials were provided as resources for the grantees in crafting their proposals; we hope that they remain useful to anyone hoping to facilitate dialogues and influence positive cultural change on their own campus.
- Webinar and Powerpoint slides
- Logic Model Template for Campus Dialogue Proposals
- AAC&U's and The Democracy Commitment's "Clashes Over Citizenship": A Free Webinar Series on Promoting Listening, Learning, and Engagement in Higher Education
- BTtoP Case Studies: Seven Stories of Campus Theory and Practice on Student Learning, Civic Engagement and Well-Being
- Well-Being and Higher Education: A Strategy for Change and the Realization of Higher Education
- "The Conversation All College Students Deserve to Have," an op-ed by BTtoP Director Don Harward
- Frequently Asked Questions