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A Distinctive Education

Applied Learning Experiences (ALEs) are academic, and non-academic, transformative learning experiences designed to engage students in active and reflective learning to further develop beyond-disciplinary skills and expand students’ perspectives of self, community, and global environments.

With the guidance and mentoring of faculty and staff, students will think critically and articulate the broader impact of these activities, and showcase their efforts in a professional e-portfolio. The result will be a distinctive collegiate experience that prepares the student well for life beyond college.

The Applied Learning Experiences (ALE) areas are:

  • Service Learning
  • Research & Scholarly Activities
  • Internship/Practicum
  • Leadership
  • Study Abroad/U.S.
  • Creative Activities
  • Cultural Enrichment

By successfully completing a number of these activities, students will be able to graduate with special recognition and will have a strong e-portfolio with which to market themselves to employers and graduate schools.

Spring 2020

Attention Faculty/Staff:

Spring 2020 ALE applications and renewal submissions are due Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

As the end of the semester approaches, please remember all final ALE data should be submitted no later than noon on Friday, May 1st. Please make sure to score student submissions in Portfolium by this date.

Please note, ALEs with unsubmitted scores are not considered complete, and students will not receive recognition.

Attention Spring 2020 Graduates:

Any student needing to confirm ALE status for Spring 2020 graduation should submit the following information to the Center for Transformative Learning via email (

  • Full Name
  • UID (000XXXXXX)
  • Titles, or course names, and instructors for the ALEs in question (when possible)

Please allow CTL up to 5 business days to process your ALE verification request. Once ALE status is verified, students who successfully completed a minimum of 3 ALEs during, or before, Spring 2020 are eligible to pick up their ALE cord upon verification. Graduating students who complete their 3rd ALE during Spring 2020 will receive notification of completion via email at the end of the semester and will pick up cord prior to graduation.