November 14, 2014 | BTtoP Track at AAC&U Annual Meeting, January 2015

Wednesday, January 21

Centennial Symposium, 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Flourishing and Well-being: Essential Dimensions of Higher Education’s Core Purposes, Values, and Promise

  • Corey Keyes, Winship Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Sociology, Emory University
  • Elsa Nunez, President, Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Timothy A. Eatman, Co-director, Imagining America; Assistant Professor, School of Education, Syracuse University

Moderated by Donald W. Harward, Director, Bringing Theory to Practice; President Emeritus, Bates College

Description: Well-being as an essential dimension of liberal learning; a core purpose for colleges and universities, and for higher education’s role as a unique and essential societal asset.

Audience: Open to all attendees of the Centennial Symposium

 

Centennial Symposium, 4:15 – 5:15 pm

Mobilizing Bold Leadership for America’s Global Future

  • Sally Engelhard Pingree, S. Engelhard Center and Charles Engelhard Foundation
  • Jamie Merisotis, Lumina Foundation

Description: Closing plenary; a panel of philanthropic and media leaders.

Audience: Open to all attendees of the Centennial Symposium

 

Thursday, January 22

BTtoP Session 1, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Making Higher Education Whole: Reconnecting Liberal Learning to Well-Being

Presentation, “On Flourishing and Liberal Learning”:

  • Corey Keyes, Winship Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Sociology, Emory University

Response, “Making Higher Learning Whole: A Presentation of Objectives and Strategies for Reconnecting Liberal Learning to Well-Being”:

  • Donald W. Harward, Director, Bringing Theory to Practice; President Emeritus, Bates College

Moderated by Ashley Finley, National Evaluator, Bringing Theory to Practice; Senior Director of Assessment, AAC&U

Description: This keynote presentation will provide a theoretical and empirical foundation for recognizing students’ sense of flourishing as an essential element of a liberal education. Dr. Corey Keyes will present on the scholarship of flourishing and its relationship to quality of life, within and beyond college. Following this, Dr. Donald Harward, executive director of the national Bringing Theory to Practice project and president emerita of Bates Colleges, will provide an overview of the work of BTtoP over the last ten years to assist campuses in connecting student learning and civic engagement with well-being. Details on BTtoP’s new multi-campus initiative focused on fostering campus practice to connect well-being with learning will be discussed.

Audience: Open to all

 

BTtoP Session 2, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Facilitating Well-Being: Institutional Structures, Policies, and Priorities

  • Adrianna Kezar, Professor, Rossier School of Education and Co-Director, Pullias Center for Higher Education, University of Southern California
  • Kevin Kruger, President, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
  • Richard Miller, President, Olin College

Moderated by Jill Reich, Professor, Psychology and former Vice President of Academic Affairs, Bates College

Description: Increasingly, well-being is a component of the full and necessary aims of colleges and universities. Why should they do so and what should they do? Who is involved in this endeavor? Whose well-being should we focus on? Are there existing structures, policies, priorities that help or hinder this work?

Audience: Open to all

 

BTtoP Session 3, 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Strengthening Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education

  • George Sanchez, Vice Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives, University of Southern California
  • Shawn Ginwright, Associate Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and Senior Research Associate for the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy, San Francisco State University

Moderated by Barry Checkoway, Professor of Social Work and Professor of Urban & Regional Planning, University of Michigan

Description: Engaged learning and civic engagement affect the well-being of students in higher education, but what issues arise when students are first-generation or minority students of color, rather than majority ones? Do minorities require special attention and, if so, which ones? And how?

Audience: Open to all

 

BTtoP reception, ​5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Mezzanine Level, just above lobby

 

Friday, January 23

BTtoP Session 4, 8:45 am – 10:15 am

High-Impact Practices and Student Flourishing: The Evidence We Have and the Evidence We Need

  • Ashley Finley, National Evaluator, Bringing Theory to Practice; Senior Director of Assessment, AAC&U
  • Robert Reason, Professor, School of Education, Iowa State University
  • Jay Brandenberger, Associate Director for Research and Assessment, Center for Social Concerns, and Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame

Description: Evidence from three national research projects will be presented to show how students’ campus engagement in high-impact learning experiences, particularly those connected with civic engagement, affects students’ development and wellbeing. In this session, we will examine findings from a decade of campus projects funded by the national Bringing Theory to Practice project. Additionally, the leaders of two national research studies, the “Personal and Social Responsibility Inventory” at Iowa State University and “The College and Beyond Project” at the University of Notre Dame, will discuss evidence from their on-going research and its implications for understanding the intersection of students’ civic engagement and levels of flourishing and well-being.

Audience: Open to all

 

BTtoP Session 5, 10:30 am – 11:45 am

How It Can Be Done: Making Well-being a Core Element of Institutional Purpose

This session will present two alternative models:

The Engelhard Project is a curriculum infusion model at Georgetown University that has a ten year history of directly affecting learning outcomes and student well-being by connecting faculty and student affairs professionals.

  • Joan Riley, Associate Professor, School of Nursing & Health Studies, and Senior Scholar, Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, Georgetown University
  • Heidi Elmendorf, Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Biology, Georgetown University
  • Todd Olson, Vice President for Student Affairs, Georgetown University

An institutional architecture model that is now designed to affect the entire campus culture, organization, and activities as part of becoming a “well-being university.”

  • Nance Lucas, Executive Director, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, George Mason University
  • Paul Rogers, Associate Chair, Department of English, George Mason University
  • Beth Cabrera, Senior Scholar, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, George Mason University
  • Pam Patterson, Associate Vice President, University Life, George Mason University

Moderated by Donald W. Harward, Director, Bringing Theory to Practice; President Emeritus, Bates College

Description: What strategies are effective in making well-being a core element of institutional purpose? Consideration will be given to the benefits, challenges, and contextual dependency of alternative strategies.

Audience: All interested in change strategies and their exercise