Bringing Theory to Practice: The Paradigm Project

Posted by Bringing Theory to Practice on May 17, 2022

Bringing Theory to Practice is announcing the launch of an ambitious multiyear initiative, the Paradigm Project. The project will work to develop new models of holistic, inclusive, engaged learning and to catalyze systemic change—not simply piecemeal innovation—across higher education. It is the result of many months of reflection, consultation with our Advisory Board and others, and staff planning; and it is enabled by generous support from The Endeavor Foundation, including a new three-year grant of $1.5 million. We are thrilled to undertake this new chapter of BT2P’s work.

The Paradigm Project emerged in response to the current moment of turmoil and transformation in higher education. We’ve written often about the intersecting crises of the past two years—the pandemic, its material and emotional damage, the endemic harms of white supremacy, the rise of political polarization and conspiracism—and the ways these crises amplified longstanding problems in the academy. At the same time, we have sought in our grants, podcasts, and these letters to lift up the reality of positive innovation across higher education. Everywhere there are beachheads of change that point the way forward, but they remain too often disconnected from each other.

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