Bringing Theory to Practice
Bringing Theory to Practice is a national project being conducted in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities and supported by the S. Engelhard Center, the Charles Engelhard Foundation, the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, and the Lumina Foundation.
SUNY Geneseo is one of 45 universities and colleges participating in the national Bringing Theory to Practice project, the aims of which are to create and sustain transformative campus change and to build a culture for learning. On its website for the project, AAC&U explains that "The Bringing Theory to Practice Project (BTtoP) encourages colleges and universities to reassert their core purposes as educational institutions not only to advance learning and discovery, but to advance the potential and well-being of each individual student, and to advance education as a public good that sustains a civic society."
The presidents of the 45 participating colleges and universities have formed a leadership coalition, committed to creating a model of what liberal education can offer and most effectively deliver.
At Geneseo, a Working Group on Bringing Theory to Practice began meeting in 2008-2009. In spring, 2009, a smaller Task Force on Bringing Theory to Practice was appointed by President Dahl as part of Geneseo's Six Big Ideas initiative. The task force issued a final report in December, 2009.
Drawing on the conclusions of the final report, the working group will continue its collaboration in this space.