Magazine article Liberal Education

From the Editor

Magazine article Liberal Education

From the Editor

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This issue of Liberal Education draws from a national symposium convened in November 2009 by the Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) project. Titled "Civic Engagement, Public Work, and Psychosocial Well-Being," the symposium brought together leading researchers, educators, and practitioners to assess the effects and affects of civic engagement and public work on the psychosocial well-being of college students.

In partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the BTtoP project was developed in 2003 by the Charles Engelhard Foundation as a response to widespread behavioral, emotional, and civic disengagement on the part of undergraduate students. At the time, increasing manifestations of behavioral and emotional disengagement - exhibited as substance abuse, for example, or as self-reported episodes of depression - were not being adequately addressed, as most colleges and universities sought on an ad hoc basis to relieve symptoms, address security concerns, and avoid liability. Simultaneously, the alarming extent of student disengagement from, and even disinterest in, civic life was being revealed by a host of accumulating statistics. …

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