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History & Overview

The Office of Experiential Learning, in College of Undergraduate Studies, instructs and promotes applied learning courses, facilitates the development of quality experiential learning courses through collaboration with and training for faculty campuswide, and partners with employers and community partners locally, nationally and internationally to help them access talented students and assist in the educational process. Each year, over 20,000 students at UCF participate in experiential learning in coop, internships, and servicelearning courses. This participation assists students to gain practical experience and apply what they learn to realworld problems, learning outcomes identified by the Association of American College and Universities as essential for graduate success. Experiential Learning collaborates with academic and student development departments on campus to provide integrated programs so that all constituencies can benefit from participation. With this approach, the academic and development needs of students, the instructional and research needs of faculty, and the workforce competency needs of employers can all be met.

Our ultimate educational goal is to ensure that all students have access to and include experiential learning courses in their academic programs to gain the relevant academic and professional skills they need to be workready and engaged citizens upon graduation.

Experiential Learning has been supported by UCF since the opening of the university in 1968. The department began as a small coop program and over many years has become accredited and one of the largest and most diverse programs in the country. In 1995, the department began supporting internships as well and in 2003 added servicelearning to create a comprehensive, centralized department to promote and facilitate quality experiential learning courses at UCF.