At CUNY, experiential and applied learning opportunities should be a transformational component of the undergraduate experience. Educational research indicates that high-impact practices that take ideas and concepts beyond the classroom can increase rates of student retention and student engagement, and can be beneficial in shaping their longer-term personal development as critical and creative thinkers. These practices take many different forms, all of which allow “learners to have direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop individual capacity to contribute to their communities” (Association for Experiential Education).
Building upon CUNY’s work further defining experiential learning, LaGuardia aspires to transform the educational experiences of our students and faculty so that classroom learning and applied learning both drive student success.
At LaGuardia Community College, we believe that experiential learning should harness both the individual and collective knowledge, experience, and passion of our students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders to transform ourselves and the world.
We aim to provide quality experiential learning opportunities to a diverse body of students. Our faculty and staff collaboratively and purposefully engage students by connecting the classroom with co-curricular activities – creating applied learning and reflection opportunities to further stimulate their interests. In programs that require experiential learning, students will demonstrate evidence of their work via a reflective piece using ePortfolio. LaGuardia’s experiential learning approach enhances students’ knowledge and skills. Our collective efforts are aimed to create comprehensive and inclusive opportunities for students as aligned to their educational and career goals – we seek transparency in planning and execution of our work by using specific measurable outcomes to demonstrate academic excellence and student success. Examples of Experiential Learning Opportunities at LaGuardia include:
- Service Learning / Community Service
- Clinical Preparation / Practicum
- Research / Field Study
- Campus or University-based work and/or Leadership
- Civic Engagement
- International Applied Learning
- Performance-Based Projects, Ensembles and Exhibitions