Who are we?

The Experiential Education and Engagement Center (EEEC) is an on-campus resource that works to find new experiential learning opportunities for students, focusing mainly on service-learning, undergraduate research, and internships.

Working in collaboration with AUM campus partners, the EEEC’s goal is to help students become more engaged and connected to campus and community. This helps students:

  • Create networks among professionals in the workplace, employers, faculty members, and other students.
  • Develop career skills and competencies with hands-on learning projects that add value to the student’s degree program and enhances the student’s resume and/or portfolio.
  • Enjoy a more complete and engaging university experience that leads to more career focus and readiness for the job market.

In addition to supporting faculty and staff in integrating experiential learning into their courses, the EEEC has a peer mentor program whereby students who excel in an academic area can mentor a student who may have difficulty in that subject. Peer mentors are paid positions.

AUM announced the creation of the EEEC in 2019 through a $2.16 million, Title III “Strengthening Institutions” grant awarded from the U.S. Department of Education. Over the next five years, the grant will support the center’s staffing and AUM’s efforts to improve student retention and persistence to graduation–objectives that will be realized through increased student engagement and faculty development, in collaboration with the Faculty Development Institute (FDI).


The EEEC is committed to tracking all experiential education opportunities created by faculty and staff at AUM. If there is an experiential education opportunity that you would like us to know about, please complete the following survey: https://aum.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cMvUY7V4WCjucse
This information is used in reporting for the Title III grant which focuses on enhancing student retention, persistence, and graduation rates through expansion of experiential education opportunities. For purposes of this grant, experiential education opportunities include:
  • Service-Learning – distinguished by being mutually beneficial for both student and community
  • Internships – provide students with an opportunity to test the waters in a career field and gain some valuable work experience
  • Undergraduate Research – involves students with actively contested questions, empirical observation, cutting-edge technologies, and the sense of excitement that comes from working to answer important questions
  • Field Experiences – allows students to apply content learned in the classroom in a specified field experience away from the classroom
  • Study Abroad – offers students opportunity to learn in another culture, within the security of a host family and a host institution carefully chosen to allow the transfer of credit to a student’s degree program

Activity 1: Develop High Impact Practices to connect students to campus.

  • Objective 1.1: Increase number of students participating in experiential learning opportunities.
  • Objective 1.2: Increase number of students participating in undergraduate research opportunities.
  • Objective 1.3: Expand the presence of peer mentors within University Success Course.
  • Objective 1.4: Increase number of faculty participating in professional development focused on experiential learning and undergraduate research.
  • Objective 1.5: Increase retention rates for first time freshman.
  • Objective 1.6: Increase retention rates: 2nd – 3rd year and 3rd – 4th year.
  • Objective 1.7: Increase graduation rates.

Activity 2: Close the loop in student data tracking, management, and interpretation.

  • Objective 2.1: Increase faculty and staff access to timely student information.

Project Status

Institutional Measures



Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s Degree Seeking First-Time, Full-Time Freshman Cohort

Fall Enrollment Trend

4 Year Graduation

6 Year Graduation

Fall to Fall Retention

Bachelor’s Degree Seeking First-Time, Full-Time Freshman Cohort

Continued to Second Year

Continued to Third Year

Continued to Fourth Year

Contact Us

If you have questions or if you would like any additional details about the Experiential Education and Engagement Center, please contact us at eeec@aum.edu.

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