Below, you will find links to some of our significant past initiatives and research. Many of our current initiatives and programs build on this earlier work.
Civic Engagement and Wellness
Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) awarded Project Pericles a grant to study the impact of participation in courses with a civic component on student well-being. Bates, Goucher, Hendrix, and Pitzer Colleges collaborated on the study. We studied the impact of incorporating civic engagement into the curricula on the well-being of college students. We compared the impact of different approaches to civic engagement on student well-being and looked at variations among student populations. The study examined high impact practices including first-year seminars and community-based learning courses in order to assess their impact on well-being. In addition, attention was paid to the impact of programs on Pell-eligible and first-generation students.
Civic Engagement Course (CEC) Program™
Given that issues of social concern are implicit in every academic discipline, between 2004-2009, Project Pericles awarded more than 100 matching Civic Engagement Course (CEC) Program grants on a competitive basis to Periclean faculty members to develop and teach innovative courses that address such issues across disciplines in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. CEC syllabi are tested, evaluated, and approved as Periclean courses, and are made available to faculty members at a wide range of institutions. The Periclean Faculty Leadership (PFL) Program™ was developed out insights from the CEC Program.
"I am grateful to Project Pericles for providing me with the opportunity to incorporate community based projects into my introductory physics class, 'Energy Conversions and Resources.' Students applied their new quantitative skills to help community partners audit their energy use and develop conservation strategies. While the physics majors were motivated to learn the phenomena of energy conversions, non-physics majors were inspired by the impact the subject had on our community partners."
Funded CEC Courses 2007-2009
From 2007 to 2009, Project Pericles awarded matching grants to fund 44 CEC courses. The selection criteria included creativity, connection to civic responsibility, academic rigor, and course applicability to future years and other campuses. A wide variety of courses were developed including introductory, advanced, electives, core curricular, seminars, and lectures. Some had a service learning component and some did not. This program received generous support from the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, The Teagle Foundation, and the Eugene M. Lang Foundation.
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