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Experiential learning courses help foster engaged learning

The Next Level

Last fall’s introduction of experiential learning as a Purdue Calumet graduation requirement goes a long way in enabling the university to achieve a strategic goal to Foster Engaged Learning.

The goal, among five that comprise Purdue Calumet’s 2008-14 strategic plan, focuses on helping students integrate and manage their transition from the classroom to their worlds of citizenship and work.

Through experiential learning, students apply traditional learning within a work-related, real world experience.

A distinctive component of Purdue Calumet’s experiential learning initiative is the requirement that each baccalaureate degree-seeking student complete two experiential learning courses prior to graduating. Moreover, these courses must satisfy rigorous standards set by the National Society for Experiential Learning.

The Curriculum Educational Policy Committee of the Purdue Calumet Faculty Senate recently approved 15 new experiential learning courses for implementation. The courses, offered within the Schools of Management and Technology and the Departments of Behavioral Sciences and History & Political Science, include opportunities for internships; database, systems and network design and implementation; community preservation projects; small business consulting; entrepreneurship; research; and field experiences in specific disciplines.

All told, there are 90 experiential learning courses available to students. Each of Purdue Calumet’s six undergraduate academic schools offers its own assortment of courses. Some 1,063 students have enrolled in 45 experiential courses this academic year.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The former Next Level tri-annual newsletter, a brief update of Purdue Calumet’s progressive response to its strategic plan for attaining the next level of excellence, is now a regular feature of Purdue Calumet INSIGHT.