Experiential Learning Collaborative

The Experiential Learning Collaborative is a working group that brings together staff from these units: Center for Civic and Social Responsibility (formerly Service Learning); Center for Undergraduate Research; International Programs; Student Involvement & Leadership Center; Office of First Year Experience; Study Abroad; and University Career Center. The goal of the Collaborative is to develop, expand and promote Experiential Learning on the campus.

Experiential learning denotes a rigorous learning experience, occurring within a community setting (e.g., professional, artistic, scientific, scholarly, local) and integrated as part of an academic degree program, which requires the student to take an active role in the learning process. The Collaborative will develop an experiential learning clearinghouse, overseeing assessment of these experiences, and creating a tracking system for students completing these experiences. The Collaborative also oversees the majority of the undergraduate certification programs on campus.


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
1 of 9 public universities with outstanding study abroad programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
$260.5 million in externally funded research expenditures
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times