Experiential Learning in H&S

Steering Committee for Experiential Learning in H&S

The faculty Steering Committee for Experiential Learning was established in 2011 "to provide academic oversight of experiential learning offerings." Experiential learning in H&S, as the committee has defined it, is fundamentally an academic enterprise, with the goal of engaged student learning at the heart of it; although administrative support is necessary to support experiential learning, only faculty oversight can insure that experiential learning retains academic integrity and meets established learning goals.

The permanent faculty Steering Committee is charged with maintaining and furthering the academic quality of experiential learning in H&S. Responsibilities include:

  • working with appropriate faculty and administrative bodies (e.g., Office of Civic Engagement HSCC Curriculum Committee, H&S General Education Committee, H&S departments, Registrar’s office, etc.) to clarify the role of experiential learning in the integrative core curriculum, and to develop processes for formally incorporating experiential learning into the academic core of H&S
  • developing curriculum within H&S with experiential learning as the focus (e.g., a “discovery” internship course open to any student in H&S)
  • developing assessment rubrics for experiential learning courses, and for managing the assessment process;
  • insuring the integrity of the experiential learning published course listing by establishing transparent, efficient, timely, and fair procedures for designating courses as experiential learning, adding new courses, and for removing or changing the designation of currently included courses; and
  • serving as a resource to H&S faculty who are developing and delivering experiential learning courses.

The Steering Committee for Experiential Learning will have six faculty members, one each from the four major disciplines of H&S (Humanities, Natural Sciences/Math/Computer Science, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts) and two at-large members. In addition, prospective committee members are expected to have experience teaching courses with experiential learning components as defined in the Report and Recommendations; ideally, all four of the models of experiential learning, to the degree possible, will be represented in faculty member expertise. Full-time, continuing faculty members are eligible to participate in the committee.

The Associate Dean for Curriculum and Undergraduate Programs and the Professional Development Coordinator from the Dean’s Office will also participate.

The Dean’s office will coordinate appointment to the committee; committee members will be appointed for two-year terms. The call will go out in the spring of the academic year, except for the first year, when it will go out in the fall. Continuing and newly-appointed committee members will elect a chair at the conclusion of the academic year to serve the following year.


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