The philosophy and mission of the Ernest L. Boyer Center and those of Messiah College, which houses the Center, are perfectly aligned. Seeking to educate "servant-leaders" by promoting learning, advancing scholarship, fostering community, and engaging society, Messiah College was and is greatly influenced by Dr. Boyer, whose vision for education centered on living out one's convictions through a life of service.
recognizes Messiah College seniors based on their exemplary scholarship, leadership, service, and demonstrated potential to make a distinctive contribution to society. The program, which includes educational and celebratory initiatives throughout the academic year, encourages students to examine Boyer's vision and to consider their own service to the larger community.
connects over one hundred schools committed to the Basic School vision. This national network comprises four regional centers that provide professional development and annual conferences/seminars related to the four priorities of the Basic School: the school as community, a curriculum with coherence, a climate for learning, and a commitment to character. By sharing information and practices, schools that have successfully incorporated Basic School principles inspire other schools to do the same. The Boyer Center provides a "virtual hub" for the Basic School Network, offering a place where interested educators can easily access research and data, as well as find people with whom to share ideas.
is given each year to juniors at Antioch University, Azusa Pacific University, Messiah College and Trinity University. Chosen for their commitment to education and to emphasizing community and service, Boyer Teacher Scholarship recipients immerse themselves in Boyer's works to learn more about his principles and how to apply them in the classroom.
NAC&U Presented the 2nd Annual Boyer Award at AAC&U Annual Meeting
On January 26, 2012, at the AAC&U Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U) presented the 2012 Boyer Award to renowned scholars and practitioners Betsy Barefoot and John Gardner. Following the presentation, Barefoot and Gardner reflected on their efforts to create environments that effectively promote student success. Founders of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, they have worked with colleges and universities internationally to improve student learning and retention. Currently, the Institute’s work focuses on implementing a set of aspirational standards for first-year and transfer students.
NAC&U’s members – to integrate liberal education, professional studies and civic responsibility by drawing connections across the disciplines, between general education and the major, between faculty and students, between the classroom and campus life, between traditional education and life-long learning, and between the campus and the larger world.