EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE
REPORT TO THE PROVOST AND THE
VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS
January 1999 - May 2000
During the 1999-2000 academic year the Experiential Education Advisory Committee (EEAC) consisted of the following representatives:
Masha Britten, Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Chair of the Committee
Craig Bergman, Lecturer, Watson School
Virginia Delgado, Assistant Director for Academic Programs, Off Campus College
Lisa Gallagher, Assistant Dean, Watson School
Edward McMahon, Research Assistant Professor, Political Science, Harpur College
Kenneth Holmes, Director, Off Campus College
Meg Mitzel, Experiential Education Coordinator
Nancy Paul, Director, Career Development Center
Stephen Straight, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Learning
Arieh Ullmann, Associate Professor, School of Management temporarily replace mid semester Spring 2000 term by Brian Perry
Bonnie Winfield, Assistant Professor, School of Education and Human Development
Membership of the Experiential Education Advisory Committee at Binghamton University illustrates how faculty and student affairs professionals are working together to support student learning.
II. Activities since we last reported in December 1998
Survey on experiential education distributed to faculty and staff.
Began discussing faculty incentives for advancing service learning in courses including summer grants for attending training and implementation grants.
Developed a brochure entitled: Experiential Education at Binghamton University (attached)
Academic Year 1999-2000
Formally changed the Charge to the Committee to reflect our activities and philosophy after meeting for a year.
Organized Albany Semester Program visit to promote Binghamton student participation.
Submitted proposals to FIPSE and Corporation for National Service to advance service learning in academic courses at Binghamton. The FIPSE proposal was not funded and we have yet to hear from the Corporation for National Service.
Subcommittee has been working on the development of report on experiential education at Binghamton University (to be completed shortly).
III. Dreaming about what we want for experiential education
Rodger Summers, Vice President for Student Affairs met with the EEAC in February. He encouraged us to "dream" and this is our vision of what we would like to see happen at Binghamton .
Review the impediments for students and work towards eliminating them
Promote the "study away" concept – an "experiential"semester away from campus
Establish a position in each department/school who would coordinate experiential activities for students
Activities including experiential opportunities be considered a positive in the tenure process
Evaluate the expansion of experiential education and monitor.
IV. Priorities for the 2000-2001 Academic Year
In addition we will:
1. Continue to work with committees and others implementing the recommendations of the Task Force for Undergraduate Learning in the New Millenium.
Address the Strategic Plan as it pertains to Experiential Education:
2. Develop a mechanism for measuring the full range of experiential education opportunities offered to Binghamton University students.
3. Using the baseline established in Number 2. above, increase by 15% the number of students involved in experiential learning opportunities at Binghamton University during the next five years.
Meg Mitzel, experiential education coordinator, will continue to:
Meet with key people from each school/department as an effort to promote experiential education
Develop a contact person for experiential education in each department
Quantify and track the number of students who are taking internships for credit. An excel spread sheet has been created to capture this information at the end of each semester.