What is 100% Engagement?
The 100% Engagement Initiative is a central element of the UA’s Never Settle strategic plan. It calls for 100 % of our students to have the opportunity to engage in integrating and applying the knowledge they have gained through their courses to real-world experiential learning.
The U of A has always connected students to a variety of applied learning experiences. What’s new about this initiative?
It is true that UA students have long been translating and applying their learning within and beyond the classroom in ways that positively impact themselves and their world.
The 100% Engagement Initiative explicitly identifies this application of knowledge as central to the UA experience.
The UA will recognize and track completion of at least one of these experiences on each student’s official transcript. Students who fulfill the commitment to apply and reflect upon their experience will be eligible for the “Engaged Learning Experience” notation on their transcript.
Is 100% Engagement a requirement for graduation?
No, true engagement is a byproduct of the student’s own motivation. The philosophy behind this initiative is to inspire students to reflect upon and apply their learning, rather than require participation. This inspiration will come through campus-wide conversations about the value of Engaged Learning opportunities.
How can a student earn the Engaged Learning Experience notation on the transcript?
Students must successfully complete a 300 or 400 level course that has been assigned engaged learning attributes or complete an approved non-credit engagement experience to earn the transcript notation. All students must complete a reflection/application piece(s) based upon their experience. This may be adapted to many different formats including but not limited to a journal, blog, oral presentation, poster, video, performance, or paper.
What are the requirements to have a course designated as Engaged Learning?
- The course must be an upper division (300 or 400 level) course.
- One third (45 hours) of the course must be dedicated to experiential activity, application, and reflection
- Individualized courses have an expectation of 45 hours or more of experiential learning per academic unit of credit
- Engagement courses involving research must be original and collaborative to qualify for 100% Engagement
- The courses includes activities that involve reflection/application
How does a student benefit from having this notation on the transcript?
This notation is an indication to employers that students have experiences outside the classroom that translate to being “workforce ready”.
In addition, many students have participated in activities and courses that would qualify as Engaged Learning but have difficulty translating these experiences to their resumes and in interviews. The reflective/application component of these experiences helps students articulate how their learning translates into skills that employers want.
Do all students in a class work under the same Activity and Competency?
It depends on the class and the instructor.
House numbered courses may be designated in one of two ways at the catalog level. It can be designated with a specific activity and competency or TBD (to be decided). If a course is designated at the catalog level with a specific Activity and Competency then all students are earning the indicated Activity and Competency.
If a specific Activity and Competency are not designated at the catalog level (TBD) then the instructor and student will work together to determine the Activity and Competency.
All other courses will be designated with a specific Activity and Competency and students will earn the indicated Activity and Competency
What types of courses typically lend themselves to being Engaged Learning Courses?
Internships, Service Learning Courses, Research Based Independent Study and Study Abroad courses are all examples of courses that could be Engagement Courses, assuming the criteria listed are met.
What if the student passes the class but does not complete the requirement to earn the Engaged Learning Notation?
It is recommended that the activities and reflective component be an embedded and integral part of the course rather than a summative assignment. If the components are integrated throughout the course a student who receives a grade of "C" or better in the course would have completed enough of the Engaged Learning Activities to earn the Transcript Notation.
How does a department get particular courses designated as Engaged Learning?
Credit Bearing Experiences: Proposals are first reviewed at the Department level and then submitted to the COH 100% Engagement Coordinator. The proposal will then be reviewed by a team of peers within the College for approval.
- Download the Engaged Learning Attribute Proposal form.
Non-Credit Experiences: Submit a proposal to the Office of Student Engagement (http://ose.arizona.edu/faculty-staff/non-credit-engagement-experience). You may submit a proposal at any time. Proposals are typically reviewed twice each semester.
My class is not identified as an engaged learning experience, what does that mean for me?
The faculty within each program will need to determine the best way for their students to be able to have at least one Engagement experience. For example, a senior capstone that all students take, and which meets the criteria for Engagement, may be the most straightforward way to accomplish this. The faculty may decide not to formally designate other courses as Engagement courses, despite the fact that they may also fulfill Engagement goals. Not having the “Engagement” notation does NOT mean that your students are not engaged in their learning!
Where can I find a list of 100% Engagement experiences?
Beginning in the fall of 2015, you will find upper division courses in the UA Catalog with Engaged Learning attributes that align with the UA Engagement Activities and Engagement Competencies. A list of courses is available on the Office of Student Engagement website at, http://ose.arizona.edu/students.
A directory of non-credit experiences will be coming to the website in Fall 2015.