In his post titled "What UK Universities Can Learn from the US About Promoting Well-being," author Jules Evans, a "research fellow at a Wellcome Trust funded project called Living with Feeling, at the Centre for the History of Emotions, Queen Mary University of London," summarizes BTtoP's recent volume Well-Being and Higher Education as an example of how UK institutions can learn from the work being done by American colleges and universities.
"This last week, I came across a collection of essays – Well-Being and Higher Education: A Strategy for Change and the Realization of Education’s Greater Purposes – by a group of American academics. It suggests to me that the US is way beyond the UK in its thinking on this topic.
First, the authors take well-being seriously as a core purpose of higher education, rather than something one farms out to counselling services at the campus periphery. Secondly, they understand the importance of knowing the history of higher education as you try to re-frame its purpose. Third, they recognize the philosophical complexity of defining and measuring well-being. And fourth, they’re prepared to try out innovative interventions. British universities are way behind on all four of these issues."