We are often asked to provide information on accredited institutions which offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Contemplative Studies and campuses which actively support contemplative approaches. This page is our attempt to list the accredited schools, programs, and concentrations that we are aware of. If you have suggestions for improving this list, please contact us
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- Brown University's Contemplative Studies InitiativeA group of Brown faculty with diverse academic specializations who are united around a common interest in the study of contemplative states of mind, including the underlying philosophy, psychology, and phenomenology of human contemplative experience.
- Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship at GeorgetownSince 2000, CNDLS has supported Georgetown University’s faculty and graduate students with tools, resources, and opportunities for new learning environments.
- Emory Collaborative for Contemplative StudiesAn interdisciplinary group of faculty, postdocs and students at Emory University who share and investigate the application of contemplative practices in our modern society.
- Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLAMARC was created to bring to a renowned mental health research institution the ancient art of mindful awareness in a scientifically supported and rigorous form.
- The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford UniversityCreating a community of scholars and researchers from various disciplines, including neuroscientists, psychologists, educators and philosophical and contemplative thinkers around the study of compassion. Offers a teacher certification program.
- UALR Mindfulness-Based Campus-Community Health ProgramThe Mindfulness-Based Campus-Community Health Program is an initiative that aims to promote health on the UALR campus and Little Rock community by teaching the practice of mindfulness meditation to those interested in learning it.
- UCSD Center for MindfulnessThe UCSD Center for Mindfulness is a multi-faceted program of clinical care, professional training, education, research and outreach.
Transformative and Spiritual Dimensions of Higher Education
Report on Transformative and Spiritual Dimensions of Higher Education by Maia Duerr
by Maia Duerr
In summer of 2002, The Fetzer Institute contracted with Arthur Zajonc of Amherst College, Maia Duerr of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, and Diana Dana of the University of Massachusetts and The Community for Integrative Learning & Action to conduct a survey of Transformative and Spiritual Dimensions of Higher Education. The purpose of the survey was to document academic programs and other initiatives in North American universities and colleges that incorporate elements of transformative learning, including contemplative practices. More than 150 academic professionals responded to the online questionnaire and 22 people were interviewed by phone.
The report served as the basis for the Fetzer Institute to discuss strategies to support transformative, spiritual, and contemplative dimensions of higher education. The case studies provide a closer look at how six professors have introduced contemplative practices into their classrooms and programs.