For Immediate Release

David Tritelli
Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs
202-884-0812 (office)
Dylan Joyce
Project Associate, Bringing Theory to Practice Project

Bringing Theory to Practice Announces Sixty-One Institutions Selected to Receive Funding in First Round of Grants Supporting Projects on Civic Learning, Psychosocial Well-Being, and Engaged Learning

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

Sep 12, 2012

Washington, DC—The Bringing Theory to Practice Project (BTtoP) announced today the names of 61 colleges and universities receiving grants through three programs. Seminar, Program Development, and Demonstration Site grants were awarded to selected institutions from more than 200 worthy applications received by June 15, the first deadline in the 2012-2014 funding period. Demonstration Site grants (category III) are one-time grants that take place over two years. Program Development (category II) and Seminar (category I) grants are available on quarterly deadlines through 2014.

Fifty-One Seminar grantee colleges and universities will join the growing community of institutions sponsoring action-oriented dialogues on civic learning, psychosocial well-being, and engaged learning guided by BTtoP’s Civic Provocations monograph. One seminar leader has already recognized the award as having “opened the door to many good conversations and thoughtful initiatives.” The Project looks forward to the reproduction of these outcomes throughout higher education.

The first Program Development grants have been awarded to Simon Fraser University (British Columbia, Canada), University of North Carolina-Charlotte (NC), Drew University (NJ), Elon University (NC), Carlow University (PA), Duquesne University (PA), and Park University (MO). Combined BTtoP funding and matching funds total to more than $160,000 devoted to enhancing and extending promising projects at these institutions.

Demonstration Site grants have been awarded to Tufts University (MA), Tulane University (LA), and a partnership between the City University of New York Graduate Center and Kingsborough Community College (NY). Tufts University will develop and implement an online game and a peer led First-Year Experience residence hall program. Tulane University will cultivate service, diversity, and leadership-related competencies in students as they interact with the surrounding New Orleans community. CUNY with Kingsborough Community College will improve institutional critical research capacities to address civic issues facing students and local working-class urban immigrant communities. Support from BTtoP and these institutions exceeds $470,000, and will include continuous collaboration between these institutions, past Demonstration Site institutions, and BTtoP.

Grants will assist these institutions in advancing the relationship between civic engagement, psychosocial well-being, and engaged learning in their own environments through close campus discussions and both specialized and institution-wide initiatives. The Bringing Theory to Practice Project makes such activity possible with the generous ongoing support from the Charles Engelhard Foundation and the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation.

On this first round of awards, Bringing Theory to Practice Project Director and President Emeritus of Bates College Donald W. Harward remarked, “The high quality of awarded projects and institutions represents the maturation of over a decade of the Project’s work, and signifies a step forward not only for the Project, but for the growing community of higher education institutions that pursue excellence through the exploration of the essential interconnectedness of civic engagement, psychosocial well-being, and engaged learning.”

For more information and a full list of those receiving grants from the Bringing Theory to Practice Project, see