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The following information should guide faculty and departments in determining whether an existing course fits the criteria of an Immersion Experience or an Integrated Pathways.

For Immersion Experiences, IPO will work with faculty leading a program in designating an off-­campus study program (i.e., semester abroad). IPO will work with the Registrar’s Office to add IE designations to experiences. Similarly, CIL will partner with faculty and students in non-­course based Immersion Experiences (i.e, internships).

Immersion Experiences

Key Defining Features

  • Explicitly connects theoretical/professional knowledge, activities and skills.
  • Encourages vocational exploration and discernment.
  • Application of skills and knowledge to challenges (practical and/or scholarly).
  • Promotes a sense of personal responsibility, including but not limited to community engagement, civic responsibility, ethical behavior.
  • Collaboration and team approaches to problem solving.
  • Pre‐briefing that frames the experiences, explicates learning outcomes, and prompts reflection.
  • Post‐experience critical reflection that helps students demonstrates how the learning connects to the goals.

Integrated Pathways

  • Students must complete one Integrated Pathways, consisting of:
    • 4-6 courses (normally 12-24 credits) from at least 2 divisions.
    • A meaningful co-curricular activity.
    • A “culminating experience.”
  • CPC will accept and evaluate proposals for new Integrated Pathways and requests for substitutions/modifications to existing IDs from faculty and students.
  • Details of the proposal form as recommended are listed in CPC’s recommendations document but may be changed by CPC in consultation with the faculty.
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