In Brief: News & Notes


Thank You for Joining Us at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting

We would like to thank those of you who attended our three fishbowl sessions at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Atlanta! Our sessions examined the following themes: student well-being and the equity imperative, work and the purposes of college, and building the community of change: an open call to envision the future of Bringing Theory to Practice (and higher education). Each session was grounded in an audience-wide participatory model which facilitated rich dialogue, debate, and interventions as well as a sense of community ownership in forging BTtoP’s future. We’re also grateful for all who were able to join our annual reception—we look forward each year to the opportunity to meet new colleagues and be with old friends.

BTtoP to Hold Well-Being and the Equity Imperative Workshop at AAC&U’S Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference

In March 2019, BTtoP will host a preconference workshop at AAC&U’s Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference in Pittsburgh. Facilitated by Joselyn Schultz Lewis, Timothy K. Eatman, and Caitlin Salins, the workshop will address two questions: What does it mean to place support for student flourishing at the center of the equity agenda, and what does it mean to place equity, diversity, and inclusion at the heart of our understanding of student well-being? It will focus on the experience and needs of students whose experience of marginality often undermines their success: students of color, first-generation students, low-income students, and working-adult students. It will combine research on student well-being and precarity, discussion of best practices, and reflection on what general commitments constitute a “well-being equity agenda.” To learn more about the workshop, visit

Bring Your Voice

As part of our emphasis on community building and collaborative meaning-making, every two weeks BTtoP sends out an informal email update titled Bringing It. We hope Bringing It can be a platform for the whole BTtoP community: a place to respond, share work, share thoughts and readings, brainstorm, argue, and build connections. If you have an idea for a brief post, give us a heads-up about what you’d like to write. If you would like to contribute to “What We’re Reading,” please send us a comment (no more than 100 words, please!). If you have an idea for a project, give us a kind of intellectual help-wanted ad. Or just send us advice, critiques, and kudos. You can reach us at We welcome your voices.


BTtoP is in the process of establishing collaboratories: projects pursued by a group of institutions, working collectively to brainstorm, develop, test, and disseminate practices that advance the educational purposes to which BTtoP is committed. While each collaboratory’s duration and scale will vary, they will typically span two academic years and comprise eight to fifteen institutions from diverse sectors. Each partner institution will work on the project theme in ways specific and beneficial to its campus, but the larger purpose of the projects is collective innovation and systemic change. We currently have three collaboratory proposals, with one (our well-being and equity imperative) already in motion. Additional proposed ideas include a collaboratory on educating the whole adult student and civic engagement across polarized communities.

BTtoP Releases RFP for New Multi-Institutional Innovation Grants

Last December, BTtoP announced a new funding opportunity for colleges, universities, and other higher education organizations: multi-institutional innovation grants with awards of up to $7,000. These grants will fund multi-institutional collaborations using innovative practices, programs, policies, or research to advance the core educational purposes of BTtoP while adhering to BTtoP’s commitment to educating the whole student, equity and inclusion, and creative innovation. Awards will be announced by March 15, 2019. For the complete RFP, please visit

BTtoP Releases RFP for “AMP” Grants of up to $3,000

In mid-February, BTtoP announced a call for proposals for our newest funding opportunity: Amplifying, Disseminating, and Increasing the Public Reach of Research and Practice (AMP) Grants. Intended for both public and non-profit universities, colleges, and consortia, AMP grants will provide between $500 and $3,000 to increase the public reach of work previously supported by BTtoP. These grants may be used to support a range of activities, including campus-to-campus consulting visits, multi-campus convenings, public writing, and the release of digital and media products. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis starting March 1, 2019, with award announcements beginning on April 1, 2019. Once released, the RFP will be available on BTtoP’s Funding Opportunities page at:


BTtoP Director Speaks at University of Michigan

On December 6–7, David Scobey visited University of Michigan, Ann Arbor as part of its Academic Innovation Speaker Series. He lectured on “Current Crises, Creative Currents, Guiding Purposes: Notes For Navigating the Storms and Shoals of Higher Education,” as well as consulting on various university initiatives focused on undergraduate innovation and community engagement.

BTtoP Director to Deliver Keynote at Public and Global Health Summit

BTtoP Director David Scobey has been invited to be a plenary speaker at the 2019 Undergraduate Public Health and Global Health Education Summit sponsored by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Arlington, Virginia. The summit, a one-day annual event “to advance leadership, excellence, and collaboration in academic public health,” will be attended by approximately two hundred higher education faculty, staff, and administrators within the public and global health field.