Credit and Non-Credit Engagement Guidelines
Note: Effective in Summer/Fall 2015 for undergraduate
courses and non-credit experiences.
Guidelines for Engagement Courses:
- Credit-based engagement courses may be offered by an academic college or
- The "engaged learning experience" attribute may be assigned at
the course or section level.
In addtion, for house numbered courses, the engagement attribute may be
assigned at the student level.
- All student engagement courses must have
a syllabus detailing: (1) an Engagement Activity, (2) an
Engagement Competency, (3) student learning outcomes, (4) grading
policy, (5) expected work products and reflection activities, and (6)
all other components in compliance with the
Undergraduate Course Syllabus
- The home department and college must approve the engagement
course syllabus. No course will be identified in the Course
Catalog or Schedule of Classes as meeting the University's criteria for
an "engaged learning experience" without college approval.
System: Per the course category (e.g., Individual Studies, Small
Group Courses) engagement courses may be offered for the S,P,F,I
alternative grading system, Pass/Fail system, or Regular Grades, as long
as the system is identified in the syllabus. The grading system is
determined by the offering instructor and applied consistently at the
section level of that course. Note: For
upper division courses with regular grades, students must earn a C grade
or higher to graduate with the notation, "Engaged Learning Experience"
on their transcript. Colleges may require a grade higher than
C-level for their students to earn this notation.
- Courses may be
offered online, in person, or in hybrid format.
Guidelines for Non-Credit Engagement Experiences:
Students may also meet the criteria for graduating with an "Engaged
Learning Experience" by registering for one of the University's approved
non-credit experiences. The Office of Student Engagement maintains a
list of approved non-credit learning experiences. Proposals for engagement
- Be submitted to the Office of Student Engagement and approved by the Student
- Identify the Engagement Activity and Engagement
Competency related to the experience; and
- Include information on (1)
supervision by faculty or staff, (2) required hours of
engagement, (3) a reflection component that helps students find meaning
in the experience, and (4) the way in which the supervisor will verify
that the required minimum 45 hours of work and the reflection piece will
be completed by the student.