Bringing Theory to Practice
- Participating Institutions
- Personal and Social Responsibility Index
- Suggested Readings
- Assessment Webinars
- 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?
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Finley, Ashley. "The Joy of Learning: The Impact of Civic Engagement on Psychosocial Well-being." Diversity and Democracy, 2012.
- Harward, Donald W. "Making Student Well-being a Core Concern in Higher Education." BTtoP Newsletter, Spring 2013: 5-6.
- Long, Theodore. "Renewing the Ideal of Educating the Whole Person." BTtoP Newsletter, Spring 2013: 3-4.
- Love, Anne Goodsell. "Wagner College: Establishing Positive Links between Civic Engagement and Student Well-being." BTtoP Newsletter, Spring 2013: 1-3.
- Low, Kathy. "Flourishing and Student Engagement." BTtoP Newsletter, Spring 2010: 1-2.
- "Engaged Pedagogies, Civic Development and Student Well-being." Peer Review. Vol. 9. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities, Summer 2007.
- "Special Issue: Civic Engagement and Psychosocial Well-being." Liberal Education. Vol. 97. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities, Spring 2011.
- O'Brien, Jennifer. "Special Issue: Reflections from the BTtoP Student Conference." BTtoP Newsletter. Spring 2011.
- Busteed, Brandon. “Is College Worth It?” Gallup Business Journal. New York: Gallup, Inc. August 27, 2013.
- Busteed, Brandon. “GPA, SAT, ACT...RIP” The Gallup Blog. New York: Gallup, Inc. July 9, 2013.
- Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, Georgetown University. "The Engelhard Project for Connecting Life and Learning: The First Seven Years." Washington, DC, 2012.
- Kahneman, Daniel, and Jason Riis. "Living and Thinking about It: Two Perspectives on Life."
In The Science of Well-Being, edited by N. Baylis, Felicia A. Huppert,
and B. Keverne, 285–301. Oxford University Press, 2005.
- Keyes, Corey. The Mental Health Continuum Short Form (MHC-SF).
- Lacey, H., A. Fagerlin, G. Loewenstein, D. Smith, J. Riis, and P. Ubel. "Are They Really That Happy? Exploring Scale Recalibration in Estimates of Well-being." Health Psychology 27, no. 6 (November 2008): 669–675.
- Sachs, Jeffrey D., John F. Helliwell, and Richard Layard. World Happiness Report. New York: The Earth Institute, Columbia University, 2012.
- Shah, Hetan, and Nic Marks. “A wellbeing manifesto for a flourishing society”. London: New Economics Foundation, 2004.
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