Realizing Engaged Learning, Civic Engagement and Development, and the Psychosocial Well-Being of College Students through the UNCW Applied Learning & Teaching Community

Category 2: Program Development Grant

"For the past two years, an energetic group of faculty and administrators has developed an Applied Learning and Teaching Community (ALTC) supported by UNCW_s QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan). This work encourages UNCW students to graduate as well-adjusted, civically-aware, life-long learners with the ability to transfer skills and approach challenges creatively (Ash & Clayton 2009). UNCW already emphasizes applied learning, but constraints include training, resources, and the low student-to-faculty ratios that characterize many approaches to applied learning. This proposal seeks to expand the ALTC_s infrastructure to include additional faculty fellows and graduate students in order to improve the quality of high-impact applied learning at UNCW, and increase civic engagement and psychosocial well-being among students, faculty and staff. We propose an evidence-based approach, with measurable goals and outcomes assessed using standardized instruments (Kuh, 2008)."