Catalogue 2016 - 2017

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC) is one of the unique features of a Western New England University education.  The concept of Learning Beyond the Classroom recognizes that learning can occur anytime, anywhere and not just within the classroom setting. Through involvement as well as reflection, students are encouraged to participate in the learning process. Other schools have experiences that students participate in, but few make deliberate attempts to make sure that these experiences are educationally purposeful.

At Western New England University, we encourage students to reflect on their experiences beyond the classroom in order to integrate their cocurricular and scholarly lives. We want students to understand that their complete experience here is an educational one and that their growth will be much more than one dimensional.  It is our belief and practice that experiential learning deepens students’ understanding of their chosen discipline, the fields in which they will work, and the society in which they live. We seek to instill in our students a lifelong love of learning and are committed to providing every student with Learning Beyond the Classroom experiences. 

The Center for Civic Engagement educates students to be socially conscious, skilled, and committed to a just, diverse, and democratic community. The Center offers a wide range of community initiatives, including Alternative Fall and Spring Breaks, Civic Engagement 101 Workshops, K- 12 Tutoring and Mentoring programs, America Reads, and Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Action. Through these initiatives, students are able to connect with their community, heighten their awareness of various social issues, discover the importance of civic responsibility, and gain skills to enhance their college experiences and future careers.