In Brief: BTtoP News and Notes


BTtoP Research Featured in Change Magazine

BTtoP National Evaluator Ashley Finley describes BTtoP’s research over the past twelve years in a piece from the March/April issue of Change magazine, “Well-Being: An Essential Outcome for Higher Education.” The article discusses the importance of centralizing student well-being for delivering on the full promise of higher education and highlights national and campus-based research connecting student learning and particular learning experiences with students’ increased sense of purpose and flourishing. Read more at

BTtoP Panel at CIC’s Institute for Chief Academic Officers in New Orleans this November

BTtoP Project Director Don Harward and National Evaluator Ashley Finley (associate vice president of academic affairs and dean of the Dominican Experience, Dominican University of California) will be joined by colleagues Kazi Joshua (associate dean for intercultural affairs and chief diversity officer, Whitman College) and Chad Berry (academic vice president and dean of the faculty, Berea College) in hosting a panel, “Well-Being and Student Success in Higher Education,” at the Council of Independent Colleges’ (CIC’s) Institute for Chief Academic Officers in New Orleans from November 5 to 8, 2016. The panel will focus on how academic leaders can encourage a campus climate of inclusion, belonging, and well-being, particularly for first-generation and underrepresented student populations.

BTtoP’s Sessions at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting, January 25–28, 2017, in San Francisco

BTtoP will have a substantial presence at the AAC&U Annual Meeting, to be held in San Francisco from January 25 to 28, 2017 (

BTtoP will hold four featured sessions:

Thursday, January 26

  • Risk Taking, Freedom, Safety, and Well-Being: Dimensions of an Engaged Campus Culture, moderated by Barry Schwartz (Swarthmore College)
  • Reimagining Higher Education for the New Majority, moderated by Barry Checkoway (University of Michigan and BTtoP)

Friday, January 27

  • The Whole Student: Intersectionality and Well-Being, moderated by L. Lee Knefelkamp (Teacher’s College, Columbia University and BTtoP)
  • BTtoP Campus Projects: Well-Being, Civic Engagement, and Student Agency, moderated by Ashley Finley (Dominican University of California and BTtoP)

We will also have our annual Thursday evening reception where we enjoy catching up with old friends and welcoming new ones. Look for our invitation this fall. We hope to see you there!



BTtoP National Evaluator Ashley Finley Cofacilitates Workshops on Well-Being

BTtoP National Evaluator Ashley Finley (Dominican University of California) and Bob Reason (Iowa State University) co-facilitated two days of workshops on well-being at the College of William and Mary from May 1 to 3, 2016. Finley and Reason worked with faculty, staff, and administrators at the college to connect student well-being outcomes to curricular and cocurricular goals and to align existing resources to support efforts.

Finley and Reason also recently collaborated, with BTtoP support, to engage BTtoP psychosocial well-being grantees in the implementation of the Personal and Social Responsibility Inventory (hosted at Iowa State); research was subsequently published in the Journal of College Character. Read more at

BTtoP Director Don Harward to Attend Sixth Annual Presidents’ Forum of Imagining America (IA)

BTtoP Director (and president emeritus of Bates College) Don Harward will participate in Imagining America’s (IA’s) sixth annual Presidents’ Forum on October 5 at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. The forum will focus on advancing publicly engaged scholarship that draws on the arts, design, and humanities. The goal of the forum is to develop an action plan for Imagining America member schools across the country; it directly precedes IA’s National Conference, “At the Crossroads,” to be held from October 6 to 8. Harward serves on the Presidents’ Forum planning committee.