Experiential Education Action Project Description


Q.1Start Date:
  • September 2006
Q.2Completion Date:
  • May 2009
Q.3Describe this project's goal in 100 words or fewer:
The goal of this project is that cooperative education and other experiential learning opportunities be expanded in all areas of the college curriculum.
Q.4Describe briefly your institution's reasons for taking on this Action Project now - why the project and its goals are high among your current priorities:
There is an increasing need for students to engage in reality-based education working with mentors on real-world application of the concepts they learn in classes. Combining classroom and world-of-work learning will help our students and graduates to be more competitive in a tight labor market. This will also increase the visibility of MCC students, faculty and our programs to the community. In addition, Jobs for the Future and the National Council on Workforce Education have identified four high leverage strategies to increase access and success: 1) Integrated institutional services 2) Accelerated learning 3) Labor Market payoff 4) Comprehensive supports. Besides being advantageous for any student, this project links very nicely to developmental curricular initiatives and service learning that are already in place at MCC.
Q.5List the organizational areas (programs, departments, divisions etc.) most affected by and/or involved in this project:
  • Programs that are NOT already tied to structure outside learning such as clinicals for nursing will be most affected
  • Vice President, Academic Affairs
  • Vice President, Student & Administrative Services
  • College Professional Study Committee (CPSC)
  • Curriculum Office
  • Program Coordinators
  • Workforce Development Office
  • Career/Job Placement Office
  • Service Learning Office
  • Continuing Education/Corporate Services
  • Marketing
  • Outreach/Collaboration by College Employees
Q.6Name and briefly describe the key organizational process(es) that you expect this Action Project to change or improve:
  • Program and Discipline review processes
  • Curriculum development (new and revised courses involving experiential education components
  • Processes for placing/monitoring students in off-campus sites
  • Assessment processes for evaluating experiences and learning outcomes
  • Faculty load assignments
  • Degree structure and guidance and communication of requirements.
  • This goal will necessitate adopting the ideas of content linking and closer contact between the community and their college.
  • This may lead to re-thinking General Education requirements.
Q.7Explain the rationale for the length of time planned for this Action Project (from kickoff to target completion):
  • Research of other Community Colleges
  • Research and/or consultation with MCC faculty already engaged in experiential learning, service learning, community development, etc.
  • Identify motivating factors for employers, agencies and organizations
  • Develop a common understanding of key terms and concepts (i.e. “service learning,” co-op,” “experiential,” “intern,” “extern,” “credit for prior learning,” “credit for life experience,” “field experience,” etc.)
  • Potential for degree and program revisions
  • Need for increased guidance and implementation plans.
  • Prototype period
  • Course changes and connections to initiatives that are already underway
Q.8Describe how you plan to monitor how successfully your efforts on the Action Project are progressing:
  • Establish timeline and document progress/completion for actions
  • Monitor how many and to what extent faculty are involved in reviewing/revising existing courses and/or creating new courses
  • Documenting the number of relationships and levels of involvement
  • Enrollments
  • Establish a central repository of information concerning experiential credit and non-credit activity
Q.9Describe the overall outcomes; measures or indicators that will tell you whether this Action Project has been a success or failure in achieving its goals:
  • Establishing baseline numbers of courses with experiential components, and then measure increases – at a particular rate such as “increase of 5%”?
  • Identify means to assess student learning outcomes in experiential situations
  • Measure how many employers we have formal and informal agreements with
  • Surveys of student/faculty/employer satisfaction rates
  • Establish baseline numbers for service learning experiences
  • Where appropriate, measures of student and/or participant employment
Q.10Provide additional information such as publicity efforts, key people who can support the project's outcomes, and specific impacts on students and/or the community:
  • Employer contacts
  • Increased documentation and publication of student’s success
  • Idea for a promotional campaign: student profiles of those who've used such a program and how, as well as employers and/or community groups
  • Program Advisory Committees

Mott Community College
Academic Quality
Improvement Program

Experiential Education
Action Project

Scott Jenkins
Amy Fugate

Team Leaders:
Cindy McDaniel
Carlos Cisneros
Carol Nielsen
Tom Crampton

Additional Team Members:
Lillie McCain
Paul Rozycki
Paul Londrigan
Chuck Thiel

Pit Crew:
Steve Robinson
Gail Ives
Mike Cieslinski

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