FSD 17-10 Creation of an Ad Hoc Committee on Experiential Learning

September 28, 2017

Purdue University Northwest Faculty Senate

Faculty Senate Document 17-10

Submission Date: 9/28/2017 (General Education / Assessment)

Senate Action and Date:

  • For Discussion, 10/13//2017;
  • For Action, 11/10/2017;
  • Approved, 11/10/2017;

The General Education and Assessment Steering Committee recommends that the Faculty Senate approve the creation of an ad hoc committee to establish procedures for the approval of new Experiential Learning (EL) courses and the revalidation of existing EL courses for PNW.

Purdue University Northwest, as an indication of support for experiential learning (EL), passed FSD-16-25 which requires one (1) EL course for all students graduating with a baccalaureate degree from the institution, beginning with students admitted for Fall 2017.


  • Communicate specific goals, expected learning, types of evidence of learning, appropriate measurement of outcomes for those experiences that satisfy the Experiential Learning requirement
  • Guide the process of evaluation and assessment of new and existing courses designated as experiential learning following the Eight Principles of Good Practice for All Experiential Learning Activities as stated by the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE)
  • Identify characteristics of excellent practices in experiential learning and communicate these concepts to faculty and staff to facilitate the continuous improvement in experiential education


  • One (1) faculty senate representatives from the General Education and Assessment Steering Committee
  • Two (2) faculty
  • Provost or designee
  • Three (3) staff and faculty (no fewer than two (2) faculty) representing:
    • Experiential Learning
    • Global Studies
    • Undergraduate Research