Our project vision was to build a culture of responsibility and civic engagement for our campus that leads to individual well-being, centered in strong work-ethic development. Though the Bringing Theory to Practice Grant, Chattanooga State sought to create an experience, initially a 15-hour workshop, for incoming freshman that would provide students the opportunity to discuss concerns for college success, connect to campus support resources, learn more about career pathways, and connect with local business partners through guest speakers and service-learning. Grounded in ePortfolio development and reflection, these activities were expected to increase student connection to their peers, to campus and the larger community, as well as academic and career goals. The goals of this project and the Roadmap Project with the AAC&U have become increasingly important to the future success of the College and are now at the core of institutional planning. Through the foundational work of the BTtoP and Roadmap grants, the College was recently awarded the Department of Education Title III Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) grant that brings in $450,000 per year for 5 years (for a total of $2.25 million) to continue the work.
Primary Investigators: Dr. Amanda Hyberger, Associate Professor of Music and Director of W.E. Succeed: Work Ethic First: Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org