Guided by our mission, Elms College is dedicated to student success and prides itself on providing students with real-world experiences that prepare individuals for careers or graduate school and to become lifelong learners. Through experiential learning (EL) opportunities, students will practice ethical decision making and gain employment skills, aligned with their academic program and career of interest. Transformative learning by action in real-world settings, along with reflecting on what they have learned, will better prepare students for success after graduation.
To expand experiential learning opportunities, we will:
- Provide leadership and structure to support EL by:
- Strengthening an EL Steering Committee to advance EL at Elms and oversee the Keating Schneider Fund and the Elms Internship Advantage Experience Fund for students.
- Establishing a position of Director of Experiential Learning to understand the types of EL currently happening, utilize best practices for EL development, and create assessment models for EL.
- Raising awareness about the range of EL opportunities available and the outcomes contributing to success by marketing these opportunities to all current students, prospective students, and their families to learn how EL is part of a distinctive Elms education.
- Create a pathway for EL throughout the Elms Plus Experience from day one through graduation through:
- Mission-aligned incoming student programs such as Dorothy Day, the Innovation Challenge as an integral part of First Year Seminar, the Sophomore Leadership Program, a Junior-level Career and Communication Development course, and senior participation in an Experiential Learning Festival.
- Annual Experiential Learning Festival to showcase students’ EL and the community partners.
- Increased alumni involvement to expand opportunities for student internships, career mentoring and workshops.
- EL requirement for graduation built into each major through a Pathways Portfolio.
- Make EL accessible for all students by:
- Equitably offering KSF and EAI stipends to students doing EL.
- Providing transportation for EL opportunities.
- Increasing the number of EL opportunities through faculty and staff professional development workshops across all disciplines and Faculty Experiential Learning Teaching (FELT) grants.
- Select technology to:
- Establish a central EL data management tracking system.
- Provide formative and summative assessment tools for students, staff and faculty.
- Build a portfolio to showcase each student’s experiential learning opportunity.