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Bringing Theory to Practice

Well-being Initiative

  1. Overview
  2. Participating Institutions
  3. Personal and Social Responsibility Index
  4. Suggested Readings
  5. Assessment Webinars
  6. Well-being Working Conference

BTtoP is very pleased to announce over $700,000 of support (including campus matching) made to twenty-nine campuses reflecting the breadth of higher education. The intent of this collaborative learning community is to jointly gain greater understanding, and then to encourage practices and policies that demonstrate commitment as institutions, and as educators, to valuing and promoting the transformative promise of higher education for students—a promise much richer than what may prevail elsewhere; a promise and expectation of connecting rigorous and engaged learning to being a whole person.

The initiative considers the following to be core questions:

  • How does learning, as a defining element of our campus culture, support the psychosocial development of our students (how does the epistemic connect to the eudemonic)?
  • How and why does an intentional commitment to the psychosocial development of all of our students positively affect their learning and civic engagement?

Participating Institutions

  • Bates College
  • California State University, Chico
  • Chattanooga State Community College
  • Dartmouth College
  • Dickinson College
  • Elon University
  • Emory University
  • Georgetown University
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • Oregon State University
  • Pitzer College
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Spelman College
  • SUNY Cortland
  • SUNY Geneseo
  • Syracuse University
  • The Evergreen State College
  • Tidewater Community College
  • Tufts University
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • University of La Verne
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Wagner College
  • Washington & Jefferson College
  • Wellesley College
  • Wofford College

Personal and Social Responsibility Index

Participating institutions are invited to use at no cost the Personal and Social Responsibility Index to assess funded activity (PSRI description). For more information, please contact National Evaluator Ashley Finley (

Suggested Readings

From BTtoP:


Assessment Webinars

Moving from Concept to Meaningful Assessment: Using Logic Models to Maximize Efforts & Clarify Results

Often the challenge with assessment is figuring just what it is you want to assess.  This is particularly true on college campuses when any one project involves a number of different components that contribute to its overall success. For example, project leaders might start by asking, “What outcomes does the project intend to effect?”  Additional questions are required, however, to create the intentionality needed to meet those intended outcomes.  Key follow-up questions include: “What are the indicators that will provide evidence of outcomes being met?”; “How will project participants be engaged in ways that move them toward project outcomes?”; “What resources are needed to achieve the envisioned outcomes?”  This webinar will focus on one helpful tool – logic models – that can be used for organizing and mapping projects in order to maximize assessment efforts.  During the webinar, we will review the basic structure of logic models and their application to the Bringing Theory to Practice psychosocial well-being initiative through campus-based projects, including examples of how to map specific project elements into a logic model.  Time will be reserved for Q&A from participants related to individual campus well-being projects.

The Personal and Social Responsibility Inventory: What It Is and How It Can Be Used on Campuses

This webinar is designed for all campuses participating in the Bringing Theory to Practice Well-being Initiative. It is intended to be helpful for campuses that have already agreed to participate in the BTtoP-PSRI consortium study, as well as those campuses who may still be deciding if this is a useful tool for their campus projects. Robert Reason, director of the PSRI and associate professor of education at Iowa State University, will serve as a guest facilitator for this webinar. Dr. Reason will provide information on the PSRI instrument, its use on campuses, and key national findings from the Inventory. Questions from participants about how the PSRI can be used for their campus projects will be encouraged.

Well-being Working Conference

In September 2013 BTtoP convened participating institutions at the Well-being Working Conference. The purpose of this conference was to convene this national community of leaders for the first time to discuss their work and develop their proposals.