Engagement Activities and Competencies
Note: Effective in Summer/Fall 2015 for undergraduate
courses and non-credit experiences.
Engagement Activities are curricular
and co-curricular experiences in which students participate to develop
professional and personal skills.
- Community Partnership. Students serve
as part of a formal arrangement that mobilizes both the University and community
resources to raise the visibility of community issues; increase individual and
organizational commitment to resolving those issues; develop new solutions to
old problems; gain new resources or make better use of existing resources to
improve outcomes for members of the community.
Creative Expression. Students
develop original works, or interpret existing ones, in independent or
collaborative projects that engage communities in thinking about
abstract concepts related to such things as everyday experiences, human
conditions, environmental change, and affective and emotional
- Discovery. Students
engage in independent or collaborative inquiry that contributes to a
wider sense of understanding, the development of solutions to
challenging problems, or the creation of new knowledge.
initiate, develop, and/or manage an organization systematically, with
their work characterized by innovation and calculated risk-taking.
Student entrepreneurship produces an understanding of strategies and
skills for innovative organizational development, as well as the
tangible implementation of projects that respond to evolving societal
and marketplace challenges and deliver services that meet those
- Intercultural Exploration.
Students participate in global and international programs that challenge
them to think about and investigate the world, explore different
cultures, and place their classroom learning into a global context.
Leadership. Students utilize
various theories, models, and styles of leadership through some role
within or through an organization. Through practice, they create
collaborative relationships and networks and learn to empower, mentor,
and influence others. These experiences enable students to develop
a self-understanding and social intelligence that helps them translate a
shared vision into ethical practice.
- Professional Development.
Students participate in activities that further their understanding,
commitment, skill and contribution to a body of work, field, or
industry. Students develop appropriate acumen to thrive in a given
organizational culture and contribute to problem solving and
efficient/effective processes involving products, customers, programs,
Engagement Competencies are the lenses through which students focus their
Engagement Activity to develop an appreciation for and a comprehensive
understanding of that area or lens.
Engagement Professional and Personal Skills
- Civic and Community Responsibility.
Students develop an understanding of government and community systems in order
to contribute to the social cohesion, capacity, and governance of a community.
In so doing, students will become motivated to be active community members who
model inclusive decision-making, foster relationships of reciprocity in their
service/volunteer activities, critically reflect on issues, and educate and
facilitate the civic engagement of others.
Diversity and Identity. Students develop explicit
understandings of the sociocultural, linguistic, economic, and political
experiences of diverse groups representing varying identities and
societies, both their own and others, and apply those understandings
in work related to a wide range of communities. Diversity and
identity as a Competency is based on developing an appreciation for differences and a
sense of an inclusive community.
- Global and
Intercultural Comprehension. Students develop an
understanding of global issues and the worldwide impact of individual
and systemic actions while respecting diverse viewpoints. Students
will be able to reflect on their own and other cultural biases and think
critically about the world through interaction and collaboration with
cultures and societies that are different from their own.
- Innovation and Creativity.
Students gain an understanding of how to deliberately apply information,
imagination, creative thinking, and initiative to generate new ideas for
the purpose of addressing needs. This process helps students
become accustomed to the discomfort of questioning the status quo and
the excitement of idea generation and exploration at the leading edge of
- Interdisciplinarity. Students
gain an understanding of how to bring together novel and original
thinking across disciplines to build on knowledge, practices, theories,
or methodologies. Students network and establish relationships
that cut across disciplines in the pursuit of common tasks.
- Professionalism. Students
develop a heightened understanding of themselves and others as they
participate in various experiences to build their knowledge of
professional etiquette and expertise. Based on these experiences,
students learn to communicate in an articulate and positive manner, act
with integrity, and expand the boundaries of expectation toward a
standard of excellence in their work and life.
- Sustainability. Students gain
an understanding of the social, environmental, and economic dimensions
of conditions or practices that make society vulnerable and
unsustainable over multi-generational time scales. Through the
exploration of issues from a sustainability perspective, students
develop potential solutions to these challenges through the use of
systems thinking to improve the quality of life for
all--environmentally, socially, and economically--both now and for
The following are some professional and personal skills--learning
outcomes--that can be assessed in relation to any Engagement Activity
- Reflection and Application.
Students will be able to critically analyze personal strengths and challenges
and translate experiences into new professional goals or personal life plans;
articulate self-insight in the context of a new learning environment; describe
how competencies gained in one experience can be applied to a new context and
apply new ideas and insights to improve a process, product or outcome.
Communication. Students will be
able to verbally communicate in an articulate manner, write effectively
with use of traditional and new media tools, conduct engaging group
presentations or artistic expression, advocate for a point of view, and
interact effectively through listening and empathy with diverse
individuals and cultural contexts.
Collaboration/ Teamwork. Students will be able to work
effectively as part of a diverse team, generate new ideas that
incorporate the contributions of others, behave in an ethical way,
volunteer to lead activities, and demonstrate follow-through and
collaboration in traditional and virtual spaces.
Problem Solving/ Critical Thinking.
Students will be able to leverage curiosity to construct problem-posing
and engage in inquiry-based discovery; articulate problem-solving
strategies and solutions; synthesize information to develop new
perspectives, apply knowledge to current situations, both independently
and interdependently, and reflect on critical thinking and problem
solving through metacognition.
Management. Students will be able to manage many people and
moving parts, such as information, resources, and materials, into
systems and structures that will result in effective and efficient
project outcomes. Students will be able to manage their time to
address demanding needs and navigate structural processes with ease.
Academic and Non-Academic Career Preparedness.
Students will be able to articulate a career plan and goals, demonstrate
effective self-presentation skills by identifying competencies developed
through education and experience, and demonstrate knowledge of the
organizations they seek. Students will produce enticing
self-branding tools using traditional and new media applications,
effectively introduce themselves in a networking environment and
demonstrate productivity in changing organizations and cultures.