Engaged Learning Program

Definition

“Engaged Learning” refers to activities in which students apply knowledge gained in educational settings beyond the classroom; delve further with independent scholarship and creative expression; broaden their horizons with study abroad or cross-cultural encounters; become problem solvers, leaders and team members in their communities; and prepare for professional and civic lives that make a difference. Rider's students are required to complete at least two high-impact Engaged Learning Experiences that reflect the University’s strategic themes of leadership, ethics and social responsibility, and global and multicultural perspectives. These experiences will help students build bridges between their course of study and the world in which they live.

Requirements

All Rider University undergraduate students1,2  are required to earn a minimum of six points, spread across at least two Engaged Learning categories. The six categories of Engaged Learning are:

  1. Leadership and Mentoring
  2. Study Abroad and Cultural Exploration
  3. Guided Research and Scholarship
  4. Civic and Community Engagement
  5. Internship, Co-Op, and Field Work
  6. Arts, Media and Creativity

Earning Points

Academic courses

Credit bearing courses approved as Engaged Learning Experiences need not be submitted by students to earn points. Once a student completes a course that has been designated as Engaged Learning, points equal to the number of credits (up to a maximum of 3 points), will be automatically assigned by the Registrar’s Office.  The Registrar’s Office will insert the course on the Engaged Learning Transcript.  A full list of the eligible courses is available on the Engaged Learning Program webpage.

Experiences

When students engage in experiences that are not connected to academic courses, they must initiate the review and approval process themselves. Forms for student submissions of eligible experiences are available in BroncNation, the student engagement platform.  Instructions for completing the forms, submission guidelines and a complete list of eligible experiences are available on the Engaged Learning Program website. 

Submitted experiences will be reviewed by designated approvers and, upon approval, will be reported to the Registrar by the end of each semester to be listed on the student’s Engaged Learning Transcript. For experiences not approved, students may appeal to their academic dean. 

Contact

Ms. Sandra Ober
Engaged Learning Coordinator
Moore Library, Suite 120
609-896-5000 Ext. 7055
engagedlearning@rider.edu