Engaged Learning at the UA

Want your engagement opportunity to show up on your transcript? Take a look at the overview below, or visit the Office of Student Engagement to learn more.

The Green Engagement Guide offers engagement opportunities with environmental and/or sustainability focuses. Many of these engagement experiences are designed to be reflected on your transcript; however, not every engagement opportunity can be. Regardless of whether the experiences end up on your transcript, all experiences listed here will be valuable to your education and can be highlighted on your resume or on applications.

Certain supervision, assessment, and administrative steps are required in order to place an experience on your transcript. For engagement experiences to be documented, they will need to fit the basic guidelines below.

You should consult with your UA point of contact or supervisor for engagement to ensure that the administrative steps are accomplished and your transcript is updated accordingly.

If you are interested in creating your own engagement experience from scratch, you need to find a UA supervisor, department, office, or other unit that is willing to work with you to categorize the experience and get approval for it through the Office of Student Engagement. The university is committed to making this process as streamlined and easy as possible, so don't hesitate to reach out to UA staff and faculty if you are interested in doing so. Check out the Office of Student Engagement to learn more.

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An engagement experience can be organized through two main processes:

▸ Credit Engagement Opportunity

Engagement experiences can be integrated into courses offered by a college or academic department. The engagement may be offered as a supplement to class-based courses, through online or independent study, or other format options. These engaged courses, their syllabi and their learning outcomes are authorized through course approval processes by their respective UA college.

  • Engaged course experiences will need to specify the following:
    • Engagement Activity
    • Engagement Competency
    • Student Learning Outcomes
    • Grading Policy
    • Expected Work Products and Reflection Activities

Many courses exist that have offered these kinds of engagement experiences for a very long time, but university's new goal gives students and faculty innovative ways to keep track of these experiences, such as by recognizing them on transcripts. It also encourages faculty and colleges to create courses that feature real-world learning experiences that are integrated into more traditional classroom educations. If you have an idea for an engagement activity that could be part of an existing class, or an idea for a completely new class, you will need to work with a UA faculty member, department, or college to explore these ideas and integrate them into a course framework.

▸ Non-Credit Engagement Opportunity

Engagement experiences can also be separate from courses. Examples of this include: a project or internship with a student or community organization, laboratory research, independent research, a project of creative expression or inquiry.

To be counted under 100 Percent Engagement, and to be reflected on your transcript, the experience must be approved by the Office of Student Engagement and include:

  • Engagement Activity
  • Engagement Competency
  • Expected UA Faculty or Staff Supervision
  • Required Hours of Engagement (45)
  • A Reflection Activity
  • Supervisor’s verification of hours worked
  • Documentation of learning outcomes assessment process

 

Guidelines

To be reflected on your transcript, an engagement experience must include:

  1. One Engagement Competency
  2. One Engagement Activity
  3. A set of learning outcomes and assessment processes, with a UA supervisor to verify the completion of the learning outcomes assessment and to enter the necessary data into UA transcripting systems.

The engagement competency characterizes the learning and experience that the engagement activity focuses on. Engagement competencies will fall under one of the following:

  • Civic and community responsibility
  • Diversity and identity
  • Global and interpersonal comprehension
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Professionalism
  • Sustainability

The engagements listed in the Green Engagement Guide fulfill the competency of Sustainability: “Gaining an understanding of social, environmental, and economic dimensions of conditions or practices that make society vulnerable and unsustainable over multi-generational timescales. Through the exploration of sustainability issues, one will be motivated to develop potential solutions to these challenges through the use of systems thinking to improve the quality of life for all - environmentally, socially, and economically - for now and future generations.”

The engagement activity is the type of project that students participate in to fulfill the engagement experience, whether through a course or a non-credit experience. There are opportunities listed in the Green Engagement Guide to reflect each of the following types of activities:

  • Community Partnership - Students serve as part of a formal arrangement that mobilizes both UA and community resources to raise the visibility of community issues; increase individual and organizational commitment to resolving those issues; develop new solutions to old problems; gain new resources or make better use of existing resources to improve outcomes for members of the community.
  • Creative Expression - Students develop original works, or interpret existing ones, in independent or collaborative projects that engage communities in thinking about abstract concepts related to such things as everyday experiences, the human condition, environmental change or affective relationships.
  • Discovery - Students engage in independent or collaborative inquiry that contributes to a wider sense of understanding, the development of solutions to challenging problems, or leads to the creation of new knowledge.
  • Entrepreneurship - Students initiate, develop, and/or manage an organization systematically, with their work characterized by innovation and calculated risk taking. Student entrepreneurship will produce an understanding of strategies and skills for innovative organizational development as well as the tangible implementation of projects that respond to evolving societal and marketplace challenges and delivers services that meet those challenges.
  • Intercultural Exploration - Students participate in global and international programs that challenge them to think about and investigate the world, explore different cultures, and place their classroom learning into a global context.
  • Leadership - Students utilize various theories, models, and styles of leadership while being a leader in some role within or through an organization. Through the practice, they will create collaborative relationships and networks and learn to empower, mentor, and influence others. These experiences will enable students to develop a self-understanding and social intelligence that will help them translate a shared vision into ethical practice.
  • Professional Development - Students participate in activities that further their understanding, commitment, skill and contribution to a body of work, field, or industry. Students develop appropriate acumen to thrive in a given organizational culture and contribute to problem solving, efficient/effective product processes, customers, programs and/or services.

For more information, please contact greenguides@email.arizona.edu.