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Experiential Education and Engagement Center (EEEC)

Funded by a Title III “Strengthening Institutions” grant by the Department of Education, The Experiential Education and Engagement Center (EEEC) is an on-campus resource with a mission to increase student retention, persistence, and graduation rates through early engagement. We connect students to campus and the community through high-impact practices including peer mentoring, undergraduate research, internships, and service-learning. Additionally, we provide support and development opportunities for faculty and staff.

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What is Experiential Education?

Experiential education is a teaching philosophy in which students are engaged in hands-on experiences that allow them to apply the knowledge that they learned in the classroom. These experiences help further develop the problem-solving skills of students. They also provide them with a deeper understanding of their chosen career field, making them better prepared for life after graduation.

Types of Experiential Learning


Apply lessons learned in the classroom while serving the community or addressing societal needs.

Undergraduate Research

A mentored investigation or creative inquiry conducted by undergraduates that seeks to make a scholarly or artistic contribution to knowledge.


Learning activities completed outside the classroom that correlate to and supplement the content taught in academic coursework. Much like other types of experiential learning, field experiences start with identifying how lessons learned in class can be applied to activities or problems in the real world through active experimentation.

Community Engagement

AUM’s collaboration with our larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of AUM knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching, and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good by an individual or group for the betterment of a group of people or the community.

Field Experience

Hands-on opportunities to learn practical skills in the work environment rather than in a classroom. They give students the chance to put theory into practice and to see how the two work together. An internship should be a carefully monitored and structured experience that has intentional learning goals and outcomes. An internship is usually a semester in length and coincides with the school term.


Meet the EEEC Team

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Onisha Murray
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Scott Sterling

Learning Specialist | Research Coordinator
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