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Six Steps to Scaling Experiential Learning Across Campus

Virginia Commonwealth University outlines the framework they’re following to achieve 100% student participation in experiential learning.

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  • Achieving 100% EL student participation
  • Auditing current EL opportunities
  • Uniting EL stakeholders across campus
  • Filling participation gaps

Ensuring Every Learner Has the Opportunity to Participate in the High-Impact Practices that Matter Most

Improved retention, engagement, graduation rates, career preparation, and student satisfaction. These are the effects of experiential learning – and they’ve been researched and reviewed.1 

Internships, mentored research, project-based learning and other High-Impact Practices are a win-win for students and institutions. But student participation is far from universal – and more so among the traditionally underserved. Consider internships, for example. Only 49% of continuing generation seniors report participating in one. And their first-generation peers? Even lower at 35%.2

However, at Virginia Commonwealth University, the script has been flipped. On track to achieve 100% student participation in experiential learning with currently enrolled undergraduate cohorts, VCU is an outlier. And a model other universities can follow. 

VCU’s strategic approach is outlined in this ebook, Six Steps to Scaling Experiential Learning Across Campus. 

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