Bryant Academic Innovation Center

Center for Program Innovation

The Center for Program Innovation is a catalyst for educational change.

Michael Roberto

Trustee Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Program Innovation

The Center's mission is to expand signature experiential learning opportunities and academic integration across disciplines, two fundamental elements of Bryant’s approach to education.

The center is directed by Michael Roberto, Trustee Professor of Management, who works with a steering committee of faculty, staff and students. "We aim to create innovative and active, hands-on learning experiences for our students. In so doing, we will nurture and develop leaders who can make a difference in the world," Roberto says.

Steering Committee

Key Activities

  • Faculty Innovation Grants: The center awards five $2,000 grants each year to faculty members introducing a substantial innovation into the classroom at Bryant. Recipients present their work at the annual Research and Engagement Day.

  • Bryant App-a-Thon: This annual competition challenges students to design mobile device apps for the University. The winning app is built by Bryant Information Services.

  • Innovation Design Experience for All (IDEA): a multi-day immersive program for all first-year students.

  • Classroom construction: The center helped develop two new collaborative classrooms – Unistructure 250 and Bello 102.

Ultimately, the center will become a clearinghouse for information on program innovation taking place at other educational institutions, and will host seminars and workshops to provide a forum for discussion on these issues.