Network Exchange Program

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Lilly Network Exchange—March 27-30, 2019
Azusa Pacific University High Sierra Humanities Program

The High Sierra Humanities Program of Azusa Pacific University will host a Lilly Network Exchange in Spring 2019 for ten faculty members and administrators from Lilly Network Schools interested in learning about the program’s “para-university” model for humanities education. 

Located approximately fifty miles south of California’s famed Yosemite Valley, the program offers a rigorous core-texts curriculum coupled with experiential leadership training to a cohort of 30-50 undergraduates per semester.  Since 2001, the High Sierra Humanities Program has nurtured innovative, experimental learning communities which are “off-campus” and yet still closely aligned with its parent institution’s mission.

At a time when the value of general education in the humanities is being questioned nationally, and when it sometimes seems that undergraduates are trained in multi-tasking rather than critical engagement, this Network Exchange offers participants the opportunity to explore an educational model that promises both immersive depth and fiscal viability.

This LFP Network Exchange opportunity provides participants with all meals, hotel accommodations, ground transportation (including a 1-day excursion to Yosemite Valley), and up to $600 in airfare reimbursement to Fresno Yosemite International Airport.  During the course of their visit, participants will be invited to attend humanities seminars and plenary sessions, participate in outdoor leadership exercises, interact with all program faculty, staff, and students, and contribute to breakout conversations on critical topics related to experiential humanities education.  Participants will also be encouraged to share perspectives from their home institutions and then to disseminate what they learn once they return.

Look for a Call for Applications in April 2018.

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, 2018 for a Network Exchange held in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Application to host a Network Exchange Program

Network Exchange Programs previously funded can be seen here.

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