From students in City Tech’s hospitality management program running an entire dining experience, to Guttman Community College students traveling to Ecuador with faculty to study deforestation efforts in the Itapoa Reserve, experiential learning opportunities (ELO) are an important and growing part of a CUNY education. Across every college and borough, students are engaging in high impact learning activities that enhance their academic experience and put them in contact with New York City communities and professionals in their disciplines—ranging from hands-on internships and cutting-edge scientific research initiatives, to large-scale community service projects and course assignments that take students out of the classroom and into museums, theatres, and the natural environment, just to name a few examples.
Driven by a legislative provision in Governor Cuomo’s 2015 Executive Budget, CUNY is working to integrate more of these activities into the university’s curricular and extracurricular offerings. Last year, a task force of college presidents, faculty members, students, and administrators with backgrounds in experiential learning worked to create a plan for expanding the scope, quality, and tracking of ELO. A Plan for Experiential Learning reflects this year-long, university-wide inquiry into the broad spectrum of current offerings and the possibilities for improvement. It defines experiential learning for the university, highlights exemplary models and best practices, describes different approaches and processes at the various CUNY colleges, and charts a course for building upon existing innovation and infrastructure to better serve students, the city, and the state.
View A Plan for Experiential Learning to learn more about how CUNY will increase ELO availability for students, create more inroads for faculty engagement, and strengthen ties with industry sectors.