Colleges teach students how to think. Should they also teach them how to thrive?
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Publication Year: 2018
Source ID: shanti-sources-83486
Collection: Contemplative Pedagogy in Higher Education
Abstract: This article describes how some colleges and universities are addressing students’ wellbeing in addition to their academic preparation. The author notes that universities used to develop various aspects of students’ lives but, in more recent decades, have come to focus more squarely on professional and career development, splitting academic affairs and student affairs. The piece describes in detail The Art and Science of Human Flourishing, a course that is part of the Student Flourishing Initiative, a collaborative project among three major public universities. The course incorporates reflection, meditation, and exploration of values and purpose into a study of what it means to thrive from scientific and humanistic perspectives. It also notes challenges to this approach, such as how to assess wellbeing.