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Applied Learning Experiences

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A Distinctive Education

gradgearApplied 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:

  • Undergraduate Research
  • Creative Activities 
  • Service Learning
  • Leadership
  • Cultural Enrichment
  • Internships and Practicum
  • Study Abroad and Study U.S.

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.

ALE Cords

Attention Spring 2018 Graduates!

Any student needing to confirm ALE status for Spring 2018 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, Fall 2017 are eligible to pick up their ALE cords upon verification.  Graduating students who complete their 3rd ALE during Spring 2018 will receive notification of completion via email at the end of the semester and will pick up cords prior to graduation.