Office of Experiential Learning and Community Engagement
Experiential Education is a cornerstone of The University of Rhode Island's Academic Plan and the President's transformational goals.
Our goal is to bring together faculty, students, business, non-profit organizations, and governmental partners in a seamless process that supports rich student learning experiences and ensures that all students are developing clear learning outcomes that will be properly evaluated for success.
The office is comprised of a director, experiential coordinators who act as liaisons to the degree-granting colleges, internship staff that support more than 400 full and part time internships through the internship program, and the coordinator of the civic engagement program. This office works closely with faculty and staff across campus to build partnerships for experiential learning in all curriculums.
The experiential coordinators in each degree-granting college are charged with:
- Facilitating a connection between community partners and URI faculty with the goal of building experiential learning opportunities;
- Identifying barriers to integrating experiential learning into the curriculum in the quest for a changed educational climate;
- Working with faculty in each degree granting college to support and assist in developing, instituting, and evaluating internships and service learning projects, courses, and course components;
- Ensuring that liability is addressed to protect all students and faculty;
- Marketing experiential learning as the hallmark of undergraduate education at URI