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Below are some frequently asked questions about the Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement and its programs. Feel free to contact experiential@kent.edu with any other questions or concerns you may have.

Faculty FAQ's

 

What is the role in implementing the ELR

 

  • Consult with unit administrator
  • Apply for section or full course ELR designation
  • Inform students of ELR requirements
  • Clearly define ELR components of your course in the syllabus and during the course orientation
  • Be sensitive to student challenges for completing engaged learning activities and seek support from the OEECE or other peers
  • Post your course and/or section in the OEECE online database of experiential learning courses
  • Assess the impact of the engaged learning on student academic outcomes and development (on-line assessment tools are available)
  • Facilitate Site Supervisor Evaluation
  • Submit final evaluation for any of the four ELR options
  • Consider joining the OEECE listserv to receive our newsletter and announcements of upcoming events and opportunities

 

What are the expected number of ELR hours?

The number of contact and credit hours may vary per course, activity, supervising faculty member, and learning objectives.

What steps do I take to obtain ELR designation?

 

  • Determine which form of designation best fits your interests (i.e., full course, course section, Plus-1 Credit, or non-course activity)
  • Access and complete the appropriate application form located on the OEECE website
  • Follow the signature routing process identified on each application
  • Send all approved forms (except the full course application) to the OEECE director for processing
  • Contact the OEECE for clarification

 

How can I find a community partner?

 

  • Access a list from the community partner tab on the OEECE website
  • The OEECE can assist in identifying other potential sites based on your disciplinary interests and geographical location

 

How will the ELR credit be applied to a student's record?

 

  • All courses designated as an ELR will have an attribute per the Registrar
  • Once the ELR subcommittee approves the ELR Section proposal, the information goes to the Registrar where the attribute is added
  • Plus-1 Credit course is a designated ELR. Upon completion, the student will receive a final grade from the faculty of the primary course
  • Non course-based experiences will be supervised and evaluated by a faculty member. The Registrar will receive notification of student completion

 

How far in advance should applications be submitted by:

Faculty members

 

  • Before the course is scheduled by the scheduler

Students

 

  • Plus-1 Credit applications are due by the 4th week of classes each semester
  • Non-course applications are due at least one week prior to the experience
  • Due dates may vary by supervising faculty members

What is the Plus-1 Credit?

The Experiential Learning Plus-1 Credit adds one credit to a course and provides students an opportunity to serve local community organizations and reflect upon the impact of the service on their academic experience. The Plus-1 Credit is designed to give students a greater sense of community and encourage a greater appreciation of the course subject.

Is the Plus-1 Credit available to all students?

Yes, with faculty approval, the Plus-1 Credit is available to undergraduate students on all eight Kent campuses. Students will register for the Plus-1 Credit through the campus registrar’s office associated with their enrollment.

Is there a limit to how many Plus-1 Credits a students can earn?

No, a student can enroll in the Plus-1 Credit course over multiple semesters; however, students can only apply the Plus-1 Credit to one course per semester.

Is there a cost involved with the Plus-1 Credit?

No, there is no additional cost to students enrolled in 11-17 credit hours. Yes, if you are an undergraduate student taking less than 12 hours or more than 17 hours.

Does the Plus-1 Credit meet an internship requirement?

No, an internship is an engaged experience in and of itself and may be a required in your major. The Plus-1 Credit is an option for obtaining hands-on experiences.

What is the deadline for Plus-1 Credit applications?

Plus-1 credit applications are due by Thursday, the fourth week of the semester.

Does the faculty need to know that a student is earning a Plus-1 Credit?

Yes, the faculty of record must approve the Plus-1 credit application.

How do students apply?

Roadmap below provides a step-by-step process for completing the Plus-1 Credit:

1 Pick up a Plus-1 Credit application from the Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement (OEECE) at Lake/Olson Center or download the electronic application from the OEECE website.

2 View Plus-1 Credit Handbook and informational video.

3 Contact the OEECE and course instructor to discuss potential course projects and to obtain signed application approval.

4 Submit the instructor-approved Plus-1 Credit application by Thursday of the fourth week of classes to the OEECE via:

  • Email
  • Phone: 330 672 7876, or
  • Office: Library, 5th Floor

Is the Plus-1 Credit available at the regional campuses?

Yes, all undergraduate Kent State University students can apply for the Plus-1 Credit with faculty approval. Students from regional campuses will follow the process outlined above. However, they will register through their campus registrars’ office.

Are students required to create a project or give a presentation?

The finished product may be completed through a variety of ways. Reflective activities are required however the final product will be determined by the faculty of record.

What is an example of something that would be acceptable for a Plus-1 Credit?

A student enrolled in a Health Behavior course decides to apply a Plus-1 Credit. One of the learning objectives is for students to gain an understanding of factors influencing negative health behavior. To facilitate this understanding, this student decides to serve with Happy Trails Animal Sanctuary assisting the organization in gaining a better perspective of the relationship between the home environment, animal abuse, and abandonment. This student serves Happy Trails as an intake worker. Then this student assists in compiling and analyzing the final data to create a report that will be used to increase public awareness. At the end of the experience, this student will submit a final reflection paper pertaining to their civic engagement opportunity, enhanced understanding of factors influencing negative health behavior, and their ability to address these issues.

Is the Plus-1 Credit available for graduate students?

No, the Plus-1 Credit is only available to undergraduate students however graduate students seeking engaged learning experiences should feel free to contact the OEECE for support.

What is the Plus-1 Credit?

The Experiential Learning Plus-1 Credit is a course credit that provides students an opportunity to engage in service with a local community organization and reflect upon how that service contributes to their development. The Plus-1 Credit is designed to give students a greater sense of community needs while inherently encouraging a greater appreciation of course subject matter.

What courses are best to apply the Plus-1 Credit?

It is up to the student to decide how to apply the Plus-1 Credit; however, students may want to consider applying the credit to a course within their discipline that will expose them to more real world experiences. Students may decide to apply the credit to a general course allowing them to broaden their overall learning experience.

Can you apply the Plus-1 Credit after a course has been completed?

No, you must be enrolled in a course in order to apply for the Plus-1 Credit.

Does the professor need to know that you are earning a Plus-1 Credit?

Yes, the faculty of record must approve the Plus-1 credit application.

Should students identify a community agency before applying for the Plus-1 Credit?

No, however, the OEECE encourages students to understand the learning objectives of the course they are applying the credit to and a general idea of the community needs they wish to address. Once your interest is clarified, the OEECE will refer or match you with community partners based upon mutual interests and/or learning objects.

How can I apply for the Plus-1 Credit

1 Contact the faculty of record prior to start of the semester and inform him/her of your intent to use the Plus-1 credit. This can be done via email or in person.

2 Answer all application questions clearly and completely.

3 Consult with OEECE to review the application and identify potential community partners.

4 Present the faculty of record with the OEECE "letter of description" to inform faculty of their role.

5 Submit the completed online application to OEECE for processing and approval by the faculty of record.

6 Once approval is received, register for the Experiential Learning Plus-1 Credit.

Is there a cost involved with the Plus-1 Credit?

No, if you are an undergraduate student taking 12-18 credit hours (full-time).

Yes, if you are an undergraduate student taking less than 12 hours or more than 18 hours.

Is the Plus-1 Credit available at the regional campuses?

Yes, all undergraduate Kent State University students can apply for the Plus-1 Credit with faculty approval. Students from regional campuses will follow the process outlined above. However, they will register through their campus registrars’ office.

Are students required to create a project or give a presentation?

The finished product maybe be completed through student journal, portfolio, formal writing assignment, assigned readings, a class presentation, or a combination of any of these.

Is there a limit to how many Plus-1 credits you can apply for in the same semester?

Yes, you can only apply the Plus-1 Credit to one course per semester.

Is there a limit to how many Plus-1 credits you can earn?

No, a student can enroll in the Plus-1 Credit course over multiple semesters.

What is an example of something that would be acceptable for a Plus-1 Credit?

A student enrolled in a Health Behavior course decides to apply a Plus-1 Credit. One of the learning objectives is for students to gain an understanding of factors influencing negative health behavior. To facilitate this understanding, this student decides to serve with Happy Trails Animal Sanctuary assisting the organization in gaining a better perspective of the relationship between the home environment, animal abuse, and abandonment. This student serves Happy Trails as an intake worker. Then this student assists in compiling and analyzing the final data to create a report that will be used to increase public awareness. At the end of the experience, this student will submit a final reflection paper pertaining to their civic engagement opportunity, enhanced understanding of factors influencing negative health behavior, and their ability to address these issues.

Would this program contribute to the required internship hours?

No, an internship is an engaged experience in and of itself. The Plus-1 Credit is designed for courses that do not have an experiential component.

Is the Plus-1 Credit available for all students, regardless of class standing?

A student’s class standing has no bearing on enrollment in the Plus-1 Credit. However, students who have concerns regarding their grade point average should seek consultation form an academic advisor, the faculty of record, or the OEECE.

Is the Plus-1 Credit available for graduate students?

No, the Plus-1 Credit is only available to undergraduate students.