ERIC Number: EJ1113581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Should Institutions Expand the Academic Record?
Book, Connie; Parks, Rodney
College and University, v91 n3 p47-52, 54 Sep 2016
Higher education is more competitive than ever before. New terms for curricular gains--for example badges and competencies are becoming the norm. Not all student experiences are created equal. In the "curriculum of experience," Elon University has advanced and deepened a 20-year-old general education requirement that students complete one of five designated experiences: study abroad/study U.S.A., service learning, leadership, undergraduate research, and internships. Each of these experiences is mentored by faculty and integrated into the traditional liberal arts curriculum--in which students are introduced to concepts, theories, and methods--with knowledge gained through experience. The combination has powerful and transformative results and produces graduates who can think critically and solve problems. The challenge is how to provide meaningful transcripts for students that enable employers to readily understand a student's college experience. This article explores issues related to documenting the curriculum of experience; supporting that documentation structurally; and early assessment of how external audiences of the enhanced Elon Experiences Transcript (EET) are responding.
Descriptors: Academic Records, Student Experience, Experiential Learning, Campuses, Learner Engagement, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
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