Policies on Student Engagement
Note: Effective in Summer/Fall 2015 for all undergraduates,
regardless of Catalog year.
Engagement occurs when students translate and apply their classroom learning
into practices and experiences beyond the classroom that impact their
professional and personal growth. The University recognizes that student
engagement occurs in a variety of learning experiences:
- Original and collaborative advanced laboratory and field research;
- Creative performances, artistic endeavors, and productions;
- Internships and externships;
- Practicums and preceptorships;
- Study abroad experiences;
- Service learning projects--community-based activities to address
critical needs; and,
- Student-centered co-curricular activities that build on classroom
Students may complete more than one engagement experience by registering
for a course or non-credit experience that has a different Engagement Activity and
Competency. There is no limit on the number of student engagement
courses or non-credit experiences that a student may take.
Core Outcomes of an Engaged Learning Experience
Student engagement courses or non-credit experiences are distinguished from
other learning experiences by the fact that they focus on the following:
A credit-based or non-credit curricular engaged learning experience must
focus on one Activity and one Competency. In addition, it is
recommended that each experience contributes to the development of specific
professional and personal skills.
professional and personal skills. Each engagement experience must
focus on one of the following: community partnership, creative
expression, discovery, entrepreneurship, intercultural exploration,
leadership, or professional development.
Engagement Competencies--are the
lenses through which students focus their Activity to develop an
appreciation for and an understanding of that area. Each engagement
experience must focus on one of the following: civic and community
responsibility, diversity and identity, global and intercultural
comprehension, innovation and creativity, inter-disciplinarity,
professionalism, or sustainability.
Engagement Professional and Personal
Skills--are outcomes that can be assesed in relation to any engaged
learning experience. Examples include reflection and application
(required of all engagement experiences), communication,
collaboration/teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, project
management, academic and non-academic career preparedness. Other
skills may be identified by the student's department or college.
Graduating with an Engaged
To graduate with an "Engaged Learning Experience" notation on the
academic transcript, students must successfully complete (1) at least one
credit-based engagement course at the 300 or 400-level, or (2) a non-credit
engagement experience that has been approved by the University Office of
Student Engagement. Note: If the upper division
course is assigned a regular grade, the student must achieve a C grade or
higher to graduate with this notation.