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What is Experiential Education?

Experiential Education can be defined as “an umbrella term describing teaching methods which utilize deliberate and purposeful engagement to influence student knowledge, skills, values, and promote the public good.” Experiential Learning is “direct engagement in experiences that promote academic relevance both inside and outside the classroom, enhances disciplinary significance, and encourages an understanding of real-world issues.”

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To cultivate excellence in teaching and learning through dynamic engaged learning experiences that foster personal and professional growth and development, community collaboration, and humanitarian values.


Experiential education and civic engagement contributes to a culture of learning that uses campus and community collaborations to transform students, faculty, staff, and the world beyond our university.

Core Values

  • The enhancement of student success through innovations in teaching and learning that develop knowledge, insight, cultural appreciation, and civic purpose.
  • The role of higher education in promoting the scholarship of service and engagement that makes what is discovered useful and visible beyond the academic community.
  • The development of equitable partnerships that are authentic, cohesive, educationally and socially impactful.

Engaged Experiential Learning

The Continuum of Engaged Experiential Learning is a four category sequence in which students and staff follow to build their skills year after year. Starting with community-based learning, students will build the leadership skills they need to achieve success in whichever careers they choose. By following the continuum, faculty will have the taxonomy to build their students' skills.
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