Announcing a New LFP Network Exchange at Boston College
The PULSE Program
Sunday, March 22, 2015 to Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Two recent Lilly Fellows National Network Conferences focused on the themes of service, faith and higher learning. Those conferences raised many questions regarding academic standards, theological perspectives and practical considerations, especially about how to make service learning more integral to the missions of LFP member institutions.
The PULSE Program for Service Learning at Boston College has been has been educating young men and women for over 40 years. It has been highly regarded nationally for its model that integrates academic and service learning. The PULSE Program now enrolls over 400 students each semester in 34 courses and over 50 service agency placements per year.
This Exchange Program will share offer participants opportunities to visit volunteer field placement sites as well as classroom setting. It will provide sessions for dialogue with faculty members, placement supervisors, students, and the staff of the program. Participants will also be encouraged to identify ideas from the PULSE Program that can enrich their home campus programs.
For more details about the PULSE Program, see the program's website.
Look for a Call for Applications in May, 2014
About the Network Exchange Programs
Network Exchange Programs allow Network institutions to showcase distinctive, signature projects, institutes, or curricula that highlight the Christian or church-related characteristics of their schools. They provide for an extended visitation by faculty and leaders from other Network colleges, allowing close observation and study of the pertinent program, so that other institutions might learn from the host institution's experience and perspectives.
Any established and distinctive institution, program, or curricular emphasis that especially promotes the college or university's mission and Christian character may be an appropriate focus for a Network Exchange. These may be programmatic initiatives like core programs, honors programs, interdisciplinary programs, or capstone courses. Or they might take the form of research or study institutes, international experiences, co-curricular programs, off-campus study centers, or service learning programs.
A Network Exchange program may be funded for $25,000. Institutions that have already received a grant in this category will not be eligible in the same category again for three years after the original grant was awarded.
The precise character and format of each program is to be determined by the applicant. The normal expectation is that the program should run for three days, allowing participants to observe and experience first-hand the particular aspect of the institution being featured. There should also be well-planned opportunities for visitors to exchange ideas with the host institution and with one another about possible lessons and applications of the program in other settings. Each Program should consist of ten to fifteen participants from other Network schools, with a limit of two participants per institution.
Institutions selected to host a Network Exchange Program will be responsible for organizing and structuring this Program, making all on-campus arrangements, publicizing the Program at National Network institutions, and recruiting participants. At the conclusion of the Exchange the Coordinator must submit a written report.
Each application must include a proposed budget. The budget should cover on-campus expenses, fees for speakers or presenters, a stipend for the program Coordinator, and a 10% overhead cost for the host institution. The budget should also include funds for participant costs for travel, food, and lodging; these costs may be paid directly by the host institution, or allotted in the form of stipends to each participant.
Applications must also include plans for evaluating the program in the short and long term.
Finally, while the focus of the Network Exchange should be on what the participants themselves learn, the best Exchanges will have a broader impact on the LFP, church-related higher education, or the academy in general. Applications should therefore address plans to disseminate more broadly, especially among LFP schools, features of the program highlighted in the Network Exchange.
Applicants must consult with the Lilly Fellows Program Director prior to submitting the application.
The next deadline for applications is September 15, 2015. The LFP is not accepting applications this fall.
Application to host a Network Exchange Program
Network Exchange Programs previously funded can be seen here.