Strategy Four

Increase Experiential Learning Opportunities

Henderson provides experiential learning opportunities for some students in some majors/programs. This initiative will increase the number of students participating in these kinds of activities. The purpose of the experiential learning requirement (ELR) is to provide students with direct engagement in learning experiences that promote academic relevance, meaning, and an understanding of real-world issues. Experiential learning opportunities exist in a variety of course- and non-course-based forms and may include community service, service-learning, undergraduate research, study abroad, and culminating experiences such as internships, student teaching, and capstone projects.

Action and Elements

  1. Identify desirable cross-disciplinary experiential learning opportunities.
    • Initiate conversation (“brainstorming sessions”) among students, faculty, and administration as well as with prospective employers and/or graduate programs to determine desires and needs.
    • Research existing offerings at peer/aspirational institutions.
  2. Identify feasible cross-disciplinary experiential learning components.
    • Identify existing courses and/or new courses required.
    • Identify existing faculty and/or new faculty needed.
    • Engage in a cost-benefit analysis (especially if new faculty required).
  3. Create and advertise desired and feasible cross-disciplinary experiential learning components.
    • Generate formal proposals for course modifications or new courses.
    • Obtain appropriate approval of proposals (General Education and Curriculum Committees, University Academic Council, ADHE, etc.).
    • Highlight new experiential learning opportunities on Henderson website. Generate flyers, handouts, and/or brochures to distribute at Reddie-for-Henderson days and during visits to high schools and community colleges.