BTtoP Director Donald Harward presented a discussion paper titled “Advancing Civic Learning” at the twentieth anniversary of the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships on November 12. His paper provided an inclusive definition of civic learning and suggested a progression of steps and structural opportunities for deepening and extending the campus climate for civic learning. On November 27, Harward presented a talk titled “Engaged Learning” to students, faculty, administrative staff, and alumni at an all-campus convening at Allegheny College.

Bringing Theory to Practice Awards Sixty-One Institutions Grant Support for 2012-2014

First Round of Funding in 2012-2014 Funding Period Includes More Than $697,000 Devoted to Campus-Based Projects

National Evaluator Ashley Finley's Making Progress? What We Know about the Achievement of Liberal Education Outcomes is now available. This new report provides an up-to-date overview of national data from a variety of studies of student learning, including the NSSE, Wabash National Study, CIRP, PSRI, and others.

BTtoP views civic engagement as a core theme of higher education, along with the related themes of engaged learning and psychological well-being. As leaders within the initiative, we develop knowledge of the relationships between these themes at the same time as we provide information and ideas about each one. Consistent with this purpose, BTtoP is launching a Civic Monographs series which will raise questions and provide perspectives on fundamental issues related to the civic mission of higher education.

This resource features chapters from twenty-four scholars, educational leaders and practitioners as well as ten case studies of campuses that have been recipients of Bringing Theory to Practice support. Project Co-founder and Director Don Harward contributed Part 1 and edited the book; National Evaluator Ashley Finley both authored a chapter and co-edited the case studies.

Bringing Theory to Practice Selects Six Institutions as Demonstration Sites for 2010-2012

The Bringing Theory to Practice Project (BTtoP), sponsored by the Charles Engelhard Foundation and the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, and developed in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, announced that matching grants totaling more than $1,000,000 have been awarded to six colleges and universities.

Bringing Theory to Practice Project Selects 15 Institutions to Join Leadership Coalition

Fifteen university and college presidents have joined the BTtoP national Leadership Coalition, committing their campuses to becoming models for what liberal education can offer—and most effectively deliver.
Forty-Five Institutions Selected to Form Leadership Coalition and Receive Grants to Support Their Work in Creating and Sustaining Transformative Campus Change and Cultures for Learning
Forty-five university and college presidents have formed a national Leadership Coalition, committing their campuses to becoming models for what liberal education can offer—and most effectively deliver.

Student disengagement takes many forms. It is most apparent in academic contexts, in student behavior and student culture, and in the realm of civic involvement.

BTtoP seeks to address student disengagement on college and university campuses through a restructuring of institutional priorities and organization and by directly addressing the causes of the disengagement, rather than only responding to symptoms.