Experiential Learning Requirement Policy Statement


The purpose of Kent State’s experiential learning requirement (ELR) is to provide students with direct engagement in learning experiences that promote academic relevance, meaning, and an understanding of real-world issues. Experiential learning opportunities exist in a variety of course- and non-course-based forms and may include community service, service-learning, undergraduate research, study abroad/away, and culminating experiences such as internships, student teaching, and capstone projects, to name a few.


Each ELR course or activity must provide opportunities for students to meet the learning outcomes listed below. Students will be able to:

  • Connect ideas, concepts, and skills developed at the University with their applications to new and different contexts;
  • Demonstrate how this experience has broadened their understanding of the discipline, the world, or themselves as learners; and
  • Reflect on the meaning of the experience.
    • Students also will be required to meet any additional learning outcomes as defined by the course, program, or faculty member.

Each ELR course or activity must have a plan of assessment for the experiential learning that has taken place.

Curricular Guidelines

  • All students must satisfy the experiential learning requirement as part of the requirements for any baccalaureate degree.
  • Experiential learning opportunities must be completed while the student is enrolled at Kent State University; however, the experiences may occur on or off campus. The expectation is that students will complete the ELR after the first year of study.
  • Experiential learning opportunities must meet existing University regulations and guidelines (e.g., institutional review board approval for research with animals or human subjects, memoranda of affiliation/understanding with community partners).
  • In the case of a program-approved ELR course, satisfactory completion will be determined by the instructor of the course. In the case of a program-approved ELR activity, satisfactory completion will be determined by the faculty member.
  • If an ELR course also is designated as a diversity course, a Kent Core course, and/or a writing intensive course, the student shall receive credit for fulfilling requirements in all applicable categories.
  • If a unit does not approve an experience as meeting the ELR, a student who wishes to appeal that decision should submit a letter of appeal to the dean’s office in the student’s degree-granting College.

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