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Applied Learning Experiences

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A Distinctive Education

gradgearThe mission of the Applied Learning Experiences (ALE) program is to support the achievement of Tarleton's mission to provide "a challenging education where learning is grounded in real-world experiences" by engaging the student in applied learning in order to broaden and strengthen connections between theory and practice and enhance their global perspective.

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
  • Internships and Practicum Experiences
  • Study Abroad/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 Fall 2017 Graduates!

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