Appalachian Teaching Project
ATP involving students and faculty in a regional teaching collaboration
Strengthening Community assets to shape a positive future for Appalachia
The Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) engages students and regional citizens in posing answers to the question, "How can we build a sustainable future for Appalachian communities?" The project teaches students and communities about the work of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), its state and local partners, and the goals of the Commission's strategic plan.
The first project was held in the fall of 2001 and emerged from a number of meetings of members of the Consortium of Appalachian Centers with the Appalachian Regional Commission staff. These meetings resulted in a grant that supported pilot efforts to involve students and faculty in a regional teaching collaboration, the ATP.
The Consortium of Appalachian Centers currently is composed sixteen colleges and universities from the Appalachian region that are dedicated to working more closely together in service to the Appalachian region to improve the quality of life for its residents.
The ATP is funded in part with ARC grant funds and in part with in-kind contributions made by each participating institution
2021 Appalachian Teaching Project
In recent years, there has been growing interest from other institutions in the Appalachian Region to join the Appalachian Teaching Project. To help address this issue, ARC will be releasing a public Request For Proposals (RFP) for any institution of higher education in Appalachia (or Appalachian State) to submit a proposal for this year's ATP. This pilot initiative for 2021 aims to increase access to these program resources and may have added bonus of fostering greater diversity among research topics, community partners, and student activities.
If your institution would like to apply please proceed to the below link for more information
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