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Bonner Academic Journey Overview

Bonner Academic Journey Overview



This presentation summarizes the Bonner Program's model for a four-year academic journey that parallels the four-year co-curricular student development program.

This presentation summarizes the Bonner Program's model for a four-year academic journey that parallels the four-year co-curricular student development program.



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    • The Bonner Program: Civic Engagement Academic Journey “Access to Education, Opportunity to Serve” A program of: The Corella & Bertram Bonner Foundation 10 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 924-6663 • (609) 683-4626 fax For more information, please visit our website at www.bonner.org
    • Curricular Connections: Overview • Overview - Importance - FIPSE Initiative History - Pillars - Types of Courses - Strategies & Lessons Learned - What You Can Do • Resources • Best Practices • Self-Assessment & Evaluation www.bonner.org
    • Curricular Connections: Importance To institutionalize civic engagement, we must also make changes at the heart of the institution’s work —its curriculum. www.bonner.org
    • Curricular Connections: History • FIPSE grant focused on Civic Engagement Certificate, Minor or academic program • Five institutions started: - Mars Hill College - Portland State University - The College of New Jersey - UCLA - Washington and Lee University • More than 10 additional institutions have begun • By next year, we hope that half of Bonner Program campuses will have created or be working on www.bonner.org
    • Curricular Connections: Institutional Approaches Colorado College Certificate or Thematic Minor in Civic Engagement Concord University Minor in Civic Engagement Lynchburg College Minor in Civic Engagement Mars Hill College Certificate in Civic Engagement (Co-curricular Transcript) Morehouse College Minor in Civic Engagement Portland State University Minor in Civic Leadership Rutgers University Certificate in Women’s Leadership Saint Mary’s College of CA Justice and Community Minor The College of New Jersey Concentration in Civic Engagement University of Alaska Certificate in Civic Engagement UCLA Minor in Civic Leadership Wagner College Certificate in Civic Engagement Washington & Lee Univ. Minor in the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty West Chester University Honors Program (Civic Engagement focus) www.bonner.org
    • Curricular Connections: Outcomes — Knowledge • Public Policy: structure and roles of government, ways to be involved in shaping public policy, and analyzing the implications of governmental policies • Poverty: roots and conditions of poverty, implications, and possible solutions • International perspective and issues: distribution of wealth, health care, environmental concern • Issue-based knowledge: connected to direct service areas, such as of homelessness or hunger or educatio • Place-based knowledg: connected to the place where the student is serving, such as knowledge of local context, history, economics, politics, and issues • Diversity: understanding of issues of race, class, gender, culture, identity and belonging, and so on www.bonner.org
    • Curricular Connections: Pillars of Design Courses Examine poverty, Incorporate global Connect to politics economic inequity, perspective and and public policy and social experiences stratification Structural Intensive and long- Integrated Sequence increasing term learning co-curricular & complexity: experiences: curricular: Multi-year 2-4 years of coursework Within specific courses Developmental 2-4 years of service Across programs www.bonner.org
    • Curricular Connections: Types of Courses Capstone or Integrative Seminar Courses (variety of disciplines) with Full-time Internship or Co-Curricular Linkage Bridge Coursework: Methodology, Service-Learning, CBR, or Research Policy/ Poverty/ Global/ This coursework may occur in Political Economic International different orders. Analysis Analysis Awareness Lead-in or Gateway Course www.bonner.org
    • Curricular Connections: Strategies & Lessons Learned • Strong programs and structures for campus- community partnerships and service • Strong group of committed and engaged faculty and administrators • The vision or support of the President, Provost, and senior-level faculty • Interest and/or demand on the part of students • Leverage outside support and guidance from an entity like the Bonner Foundation www.bonner.org
    • Curricular Connections: Strategies & Lessons Learned “Build a support base of key leaders in See resources for: wide areas of the campus. Having • Ideas about multiple perspectives (different governance academic departments, student • Sequence of services and academic affairs, students, activities faculty, administrators, alumni) creates • Types of synergy and gives greater advocacy meetings voice.” • Timeline • and more “Use an organizing approach.” “Be prepared for change and compromise.” www.bonner.org
    • Curricular Connections: What You Can Do • Inventory relevant courses • Identify faculty champions • Discuss the model across campus • Help faculty pilot courses • Support students to catalyze connections (individualized, courses) • Identify parallel academic efforts (centers, programs) • Push co-curricular connections www.bonner.org
    • Curricular Connections: Resources • Curricular Implementation Guide, including pillars, courses, campus profiles, essays, and sample syllabi • FIPSE project monograph (forthcoming) • “Making Academic Connections Guide” for student leaders • Best Practices from Recipes for Change www.bonner.org
    • Curricular Connections: Detailed information about models www.bonner.org
    • Curricular Connections: Self-Assessment and Evaluation Academic Coursework: identified relevant academic coursework (e.g., poverty, public policy, service-learning courses, CBR courses, and independent avenues for study-service connections); cross-section of students, faculty, and staff informed Students’ consistent academic connections: Many students enroll in relevant coursework or participate in independently designed study or research projects Faculty support and involvement: High level of support for faculty involvement in civic engagement and academic-service connections; existing committees, interdisciplinary collaboration, tenure and promotion guidelines Community voice and involvement: Accessible channels by which community individuals and/or agencies can be involved in contributing to, designing, carrying out, and/or evaluating academic, research and service-learning activities; representation on institutional boards, presenting to classes; shaping research agenda Community-Based and Policy Research: institution engaged in CBR; community partners identify their research needs Faculty promotion, rewards, and tenure: Articulated rewards or incentives for faculty involvement; tenure and promotion guidelines support Academic journey (FIPSE), certificate, minor or major: Academic program— such as a minor, certificate, concentration, or major—addressing civic engagement www.bonner.org