109.4 Experiential Learning

Created by: Pat Teague on 05/15/2001
Category: 1 - Academic Affairs; 00 - General
Originator: Academic Policies Committee
Current File: 109.4
Adoption Date: 05/24/2001
Reviewed for Currency: 05/24/2007
Replaces File: 109.4
Date of Origin: 04/14/1997
Classification: Faculty
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109.4 Experiential Learning


A. Background

Experiential learning is any applied activity that takes place outside the regular classroom setting for the purpose of (1) expanding knowledge of an academic field, (2) exploring opportunities for future careers, and (3) gaining practical experience. Furman actively encourages students to pursue such experiences appropriate to their disciplines and career interests.


B. Policy

Furman University allows academic departments to decide what experiential learning activities are appropriate for their students subject to the guidelines below and subject to approval by the curriculum committee. How much academic credit those activities will carry, how they will be evaluated, and whether or not they will count toward the major will be decided by the departments.


C. Guidelines

1. Independent Study. Independent study courses will be numbered "80," carry 1-4 hours credit, and will refer to a creative project or to primarily library research leading to substantial written work under the supervision and direction of a faculty member.

2. Individualized Internships. Individualized internships will be numbered "83," carry 0-4 hours credit, and refer to departmentally-approved internships developed by the student and approved by a faculty sponsor. The student, working with an on-site supervisor, will develop objectives before beginning the internship experience, write a report of his or her activities, and offer written reflection on the activity at the conclusion. Projects will be evaluated by a faculty supervisor or a representative committee within the academic department.

3. Research. Research activities will be numbered "85," carry 1-4 hours credit, and will refer to research by a student under the close supervision of a faculty member. Findings will be reported in a paper.

4. Departmental Internship Courses. Department internship courses will be numbered "86", carry 1-4 hours credit, and refer to internships developed by faculty. Students will write objectives, attend weekly seminars or regular meetings with a faculty supervisor, and write a paper at the conclusion of the experience.

5. Teaching Internship (Student Teaching). Teaching internships will be numbered "ED 75", will carry 12 hours credit, and will refer to required full-time internships in early childhood, elementary, secondary, or special education classes in the public schools arranged by the Education Department. Students will be supervised regularly in their teaching site by faculty, will attend weekly seminars with that faculty supervisor, and will complete additional departmental and state-approved requirements for certification in their teaching field.

6. A student enrolling in an independent study, independent research, or internship for which credit will be earned shall have a description of the proposed work approved by the supervising Furman faculty member and the department chair. Approval should be gained before the term in which the work will be done. The department chair will sign an approval form, with a descriptive title for the work, and transmit the form to the Office of Academic Records.

7. Individual departments will decide which of their experiential courses will be offered pass/fail. Departments may choose to offer courses for (1) a letter grade only, (2) a pass/fail grade only, or (3) a letter grade or a pass/fail grade. No course taken pass/fail may be used to satisfy a requirement for the major.

8. A student may not receive more than 12 hours credit from internship or research activities (those typically numbered "83", "85", and "86").

9. The fact that an intern receives payment (a stipend, salary, or honorarium) for his or her work does not preclude internship credit.