Breaking Boundaries 2017
Developing, Assessing, and Scaling Curricular and Co-Curricular Experiential Learning Opportunities
Experiential learning, in its many different forms, can be transformative for students and can lead
to increased rates of retention and engagement. As demonstrated in the University Plan for
Experiential Learning submitted to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office in June 2016, CUNY’s colleges
are already actively engaged in experiential education practices. At the same time, there is
tremendous opportunity—and enthusiasm—for increasing and diversifying experiential learning
opportunities (ELOs) for students. CUNY’s 2017 Experiential Learning Symposium aims to convene
conversations about maximizing the effectiveness and reach of both curricular and co-curricular
Expanding and strengthening experiential learning activities will require innovation and
collaboration at all levels–between faculty and staff, among CUNY colleges, between community
colleges and senior colleges, across disciplines, and with the communities of which CUNY is a part.
We invite presentations from faculty, staff, and administrators at all CUNY colleges, as well as
community partners, whose goals and roles intersect in designing, implementing, and assessing
ELOs in New York City. Preference will be given to proposals that showcase effective curricular and
co-curricular experiential learning initiatives that include:
- Partnerships across disciplines and campuses
- Community-based learning
- Assessment and Evaluation
- Use of technologies and 21st-century competencies
- Local and global industry links
Because experiential education casts such a wide net, this Call for Presentations includes
consideration of the ELOs captured in CUNY’s University Definitions:
Formal internships (paid and unpaid), independent internships (paid and unpaid), co-operative
education, service learning/community service, clinical preparation/practicum, research/field study,
campus- or university-based work and/or leadership, civic engagement, international applied learning
Visit CUNY’s Experiential Learning website to view details of CUNY’s categorical definitions of ELO,
which are necessarily broad, given the distinct priorities and strengths of its various colleges and
the wide spectrum of students they serve.
This year’s symposium will be organized around three different aspects of “breaking boundaries” to
create connections in experiential learning. We are particularly interested in proposals that (1)
demonstrate linkages between the curricular and co-curricular, and (2) articulate the roles of
advising support, learning outcomes, and assessment mechanisms.
Inside CUNY: Presentations will showcase approaches to ELO that utilize CUNY’s own assets:
collaborations between different campuses and disciplines, teaching practices that introduce
new environments and classroom experiences without requiring extra time or transit for
overextended students, and activities that foster community-building and contribute to the
Outside CUNY: Presentations will emphasize constructive ways of engaging with partners
outside the University to enhance experiential learning offerings: programs that place students
in real-world settings as workers or volunteers, practices that encourage students to explore
and interact with the city around them, initiatives that cultivate institutional relationships with
partners and draw connections between workforce needs and academic offerings.
Making it Work: Presentations will explore how CUNY is making experiential learning work,
from logistical and pedagogical perspectives: faculty development offerings, student reflection
techniques, placement practices, scalable programming, co-curricular tracking mechanisms.
Presentation Proposal Details
Concurrent sessions will be 50 minutes long and may contain one or more presentations. Proposals
for roundtables or panel discussions are welcome, as are presentations which include students.
When submitting proposals, please include the following:
Proposal Abstract (250 words)
The abstract should describe the content and significance of the session (or roundtable), as well
as how it relates to the theme of the meeting. Participants will be most interested in new
information, innovative programs, and proven results.
Brief Description (100 words)
This description will be used for the final program. Please remember that—should your
proposal be accepted—a participant’s decision to attend your session will be based in large part
on this description. We encourage you to make it as accurate, and compelling, as possible.
Intended Audience (25 words)
Please indicate who would best benefit from attending this session.
Expected Learning Outcomes (50-75 words)
Please describe—or list—the outcomes with which you hope the audience members will leave
the session—i.e., the “takeaways.”