Bonner High-Impact Initiative: An Introduction

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Presentation at the American Democracy Project Conference hosted by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, June 2012. Longer presentation explores high-impact practices and high-impact community engagement in more depth.

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Bonner High-Impact Initiative: An Introduction

  1. 1. Linking High-Impact Learning & Community Engagement for the American Democracy Project Conference • June 9, 2012" Ariane Hoy (Bonner Foundation) & Mathew Johnson (Siena College and Bonner Foundation) !1
  2. 2. Today we will: ✤ Explore 10 High-Impact Practices" ✤ Introduce you to the Bonner Program" ✤ Share where this idea came from" ✤ Provide the opportunity to wrestle with ideas
  3. 3. Introductions... High-Impact Learning Practices
  4. 4. High-Impact Practices ~ first year seminars" ~ common intellectual experiences " ~ learning communities " ~ writing-intensive courses" ~collaborative assignments & projects " ~ undergraduate research" ~ diversity/global learning " ~ internships & project-based learning" ~ service-learning & community-based learning" ~ capstone courses & projects
  5. 5. Overview The Bonner Program
  6. 6. Introduction to Our National Network Bonner Scholar and Leader Programs at more than 60 institutions of higher education A Live Google Map
  7. 7. Who is a Bonner? ✤ A committed undergraduate—likely from a low-income background (85% +)" ✤ Joins a cohort-based program" ✤ Serves 8-10 hours every week, across four years in developmental progression" ✤ Interns with local, national and international organizations during the school year and full-time in summer" ✤ Participates in education, training, meetings, reflection" ✤ Is more likely to graduate and have better grades
  8. 8. The Bonner Network ✤ 60 active Bonner Scholar and Leader Programs; 15 start-up" ✤ Diverse liberal arts institutions, public and private" ✤ 3,000+ students" ✤ Focus on under-represented students: low income, students of color, first generation" ✤ 6,000 + alumni" ✤ 25 endowed campus programs at $163 million total
  9. 9. A proven program model... with elements to scale
  10. 10. Proven Program Model ✤ Student learning, development and leadership" ✤ Reciprocal community partnerships and impact" ✤ Campus infrastructure and culture of service
  11. 11. Student Impact Longitudinal assessment involving 25 campus programs; pre and post assessment ✤ Four years are significant" ✤ Proven skill learning (developmental model)" ✤ Commitment to social justice" ✤ Dialogue across difference" ✤ Structured and unstructured reflection" ✤ The importance of mentors" ✤ Civic-minded professionalism
  12. 12. Deep Partnerships ✤ 3,000 students engaging in 1 million hours of service each year" ✤ Developmental multi-year partnerships" ✤ Partners as co-educators" ✤ Connecting all available campus assets to community needs" ✤ Direct service, CBR, servicelearning projects, policy research
  13. 13. Campus Infrastructure ✤ Infrastructure for community service and academic community engagement" ✤ FIPSE funded model for civic engagement minors and certificates" ✤ Seeding community based research over 15 years at 30+ institutions" ✤ Staffing model that builds the capacity, range and depth of campus program
  14. 14. Alumni Impact 30 campuses, 1066 Participants; 22-50 years old; 32% response rate ✤ 33% in non-profit sector careers" ✤ 32% in government careers" ✤ 25% in for-profit careers" ✤ Career choices driven by a desire to affect positive change" ✤ 90% demonstrating civic action in past 12 months" ✤ ✤ joined organization; signed petition; did not buy a product due to company values; contacted a public official" 90% voted in last election
  15. 15. Bonner Alumni Remain Engaged volunteering at notably higher rates than average U.S. citizens Average Volunteering Rates vs. Bonner Graduates
  16. 16. Where this idea came from... listening to our network
  17. 17. Origins of the Initiative ✤ Vision—Aim to be at the cutting edge of institutional change" ✤ Data—NASCE" ✤ Learning—HIPs" ✤ Practice—HICEPs
  18. 18. Why change is needed? ✤ Higher education at a Crucible Moment" ✤ Financial challenges" ✤ Structural changes" ✤ Performance crisis" ✤ A unique opportunity
  19. 19. Data—National Assessment of Service & Community Engagement ✤ Developed by Siena Research Institute as a gauge of institutional engagement" ✤ Implemented by 35+ institutions" ✤ 14K completes—now the largest national data set on civic engagement" ✤ Telling findings—more than half of students are never engaged" ✤ Average POP score - mid 20’s" ✤ Structure matters
  20. 20. Learning—Academic Community Engagement at a Crossroads ✤ Three Learn & Serve grants and fifteen years working on community-based research " ✤ Civic engagement minor (FIPSE, monograph)" ✤ Assessment points to importance and limits of course-based service-learning" ✤ Broader calls for the re-imagination of service-learning" ✤ Most successful initiatives (ADP, BTtoP, Greater Expectations) cross boundaries and inform institutional change
  21. 21. Engaged Learning—A Part of the Solution ✤ Generated from the Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) Initiative, a project of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)" ✤ Proven to be effective with higher than expected student learning and success, especially with under-represented students" ✤ ALL of them could be connected with community engagement !22
  22. 22. High-Impact Practices ~ first year seminars" ~ common intellectual experiences " ~ learning communities " ~ writing-intensive courses" ~collaborative assignments & projects " ~ undergraduate research" ~ diversity/global learning " ~ internships & project-based learning" ~ service-learning & community-based learning" ~ capstone courses & projects
  23. 23. Practice—The Field is Moving Towards ResultsOriented Approaches ✤ Recession and troubled economy has driven increased demand" ✤ Shrinking public funding and declining revenues " ✤ Nonprofit mergers are increasing" ✤ Campus-community partnerships with long histories still need strategies and tools to measure social impact
  24. 24. Engaged Practice—High Impact Community Engagement Practice (HICEPs) ✤ Developed by the Bonner Foundation and Network’s 20+ years of building and managing developmental campus-community partnerships" ✤ Position campus and community in democratic engagement, characterized as:" ✤ reciprocal" ✤ problem-solving oriented" ✤ knowledge co-creation" ✤ many types of public spaces !25
  25. 25. Engaged Practice—High Impact Community Engagement Practice (HICEPs) 1. PLACE " 2. HUMILITY" 3. INTEGRATION" 4. DEPTH" 5. DEVELOPMENT" 6. SEQUENCE" 7. TEAMS
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  26. 26. Engaged Practice—High Impact Community Engagement Practice (HICEPs) 8. REFLECTION" 9. MENTORS" 10. CAPACITY" 11. LEARNING" 12. EVIDENCE" 13. CAPACITY" 14. IMPACT !27
  27. 27. Bridging frameworks—towards democratic A goal to draw out the opportunities for campuses and communities to be fully engaged
  28. 28. Our theory of change... strategic campus-community teams
  29. 29. High-Impact Strategic Goals ✤ Scale proven best practices in community engagement by integrating them across the curriculum" ✤ Create more faculty participation in community engagement that is connected to evidence-based practice" ✤ Help campuses create and demonstrate community impact
  30. 30. Four Guiding Principles Pervasiveness" Depth" Integration" Developmental !31
  31. 31. Institutional Change Depth Low High Adjustment (I) Isolated Change" (II) Far-Reaching Change" (III) Transformational Change (IV) ! ! ! ! Pervasiveness Low ! ! ! High [Saltmarsh, J. (2009). Adapted from Eckel, Hill, & Green. (1998)] !32
  32. 32. ra te d low In te g 3-­‐Dimensional   Model     high ! high II (“Johnson  Cube”)   ! VI Deep  [Saltmarsh  &  Clayton  (2011)]   [Graphic  by  K.  Buchner] IV VIII I V III VII low low Pervasive high
  33. 33. Four Major Strategies ✤ Integrate high-impact educational practices and high-impact community engagement" Use data and evidencebased practice to drive institutional strategy towards full engagement" ✤ Build, support, and leverage campus transformation teams" ✤ ✤ Be an active convener and catalyst for a national learning community— spurring partnerships across the field that move community engagement towards greater impact
  34. 34. Illustration of Connections First Year Seminars First Year Trips / Immersions Common Intellectual Experiences Site/Team Based Project Design Learning Communities Cohort Training Meetings Writing Intensive Courses Policy Research Assignments Collaborative Projects Issue Briefs/Program Models/CBR Undergraduate Research Capacity Building Projects Diversity /Global Learning Junior (Elective) Trips / Internships Internships / Project-Based Learning Sequence of developmental placements, " tied to coursework Capstone Courses Capstone Service Projects
  35. 35. Strategy 1 Integrate high-impact educational practices and high-impact community engagement
  36. 36. Strategy 2 Use data and evidence-based practice to drive institutional strategy for full engagement
  37. 37. Types of Data NSEE Institutional learning performance NASCE Institution wide student engagement Survey of Community Partners Satisfaction; Capacity contributions Survey of Faculty Institution wide faculty engagement Strategic Planning Issue Briefs/Program Models/CBR Proven Program Models Capacity Building Projects Indicators (Public Data) Junior (Elective) Trips / Internships Community Impact Assessments to be gathered and shared
  38. 38. Year 4 on...continue to participation in national learning community Year 3" •Attend institute" • Sustainability vision & plan" • Refine projects, possibly others" • Begin to implement impact assessment Strategy 3 Student Professor Staff Partner project Student s Partner Professor Year 1" • Build team & campus climate" • Data collection & planning" • Identify assets" • Attend institute" • Select & do first projects Staff Year 2" • Expand team & participation" • Attend institute" • Select & do next two projects" • Document and share learning (conferences, publications) Build, support, and leverage campus transformation teams
  39. 39. Small Group Discussion linking HIP with HICEPS
  40. 40. Strategy Be an active convener and catalyst for a national learning community— spurring partnerships across the field that move community engagement towards greater impact Year 1 Cohort
  41. 41. •Association of American Colleges and Universities Crucible Moment, HIPs •American Association of State Colleges & Universities American Democracy Project •Bringing Theory to Practice Psychosocial Well-being, Assessment Models IARSLCE
 Research and theoretical base •Imagining America Collaboratories, faculty development paths, tenure & promotion •NERCHE Full Participation, institutional transformation, Carnegie Classification, Democratic Engagement •Open Indicators Consortium Community impact models using public data, open source Strategy National Learning Community

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