Catalogue 2015 - 2016

Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC)

The University is committed to making learning beyond the classroom (LBC) a significant element of every students’ academic program and personal experience. It is envisioned that through the process of applying their classroom learning to their experiences in the workplace, in the community, on the playing fields, and across the campus our students will not only enhance their learning, but will also begin to connect their learning more directly to the world in which they live. For these reasons, all students will be required to complete two different LBC experiences, one for every two years of full-time study.

Exemptions to the Learning Beyond the Classroom requirement may be applied according to the following circumstances.

  • Transfer credit of more than 60 credits allows for consideration of exempting one LBC provided that the student projects degree completion within four semesters. If more than four semesters are required, the exemption does not apply. Once applied, the exemption is not altered if the projected degree completion date changes. Additional information may be obtained through the Director of Learning Beyond the Classroom.
  • A maximum of one LBC can be exempted.
  • AP, CLEP, IB or high school to college credit cannot be used in the exemption.
  • Non-Traditional/adult learner students are exempt from the LBC requirement.

Normally each LBC experience will include:

  1. a minimum of fifteen (15) hours of involvement in an activity that provides a demonstrable opportunity for the student to reinforce or enhance understanding of skills introduced in the classroom; and
  2. completion of a minimum 1000 word reflection paper in which the student describes the activity or experience, relates the experience to learning introduced in their courses, and reflects on the value of this experience from a learning perspective.

LBC experiences may include:

  1. internships, senior projects, study abroad, or no more than one course based experience with the same course code (e.g. SOC, FIN, etc.) that would incorporate an LBC opportunity. Exceptions can be made for internships within the same department, if they are vastly different in scope and goals;
  2. structured group activities in such areas as student clubs and associations, athletic teams, etc.; and
  3. individual workplace-based or service activities, on campus or off campus.

Evaluation of all LBC experiences will be through a member of the University’s faculty or professional staff as determined by each College. Given the volume of LBC experiences processed each year, the Colleges may arrange for readers who are part of the University faculty or professional staff to ensure that students will be able to fulfill the requirement.