|“We will not cease from exploration
and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time.”
T S Eliot
The Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL) works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students to provide a variety of engagement opportunities intended to connect faculty, staff, and students to each other and to the greater community. Some of these opportunities are associated with specific classes, while others are independent of official coursework. Whether you are a first-year student just applying to Minot State University, or a faculty/staff member who has been here for 35 years, we want to hear your ideas for engagement activities! Contact Jessica Smestad for more info.
1. Community Service (Volunteerism) involves students in service to a formal community agency or non-profit organization, a business, or an informal community group for the purpose of filling a community-defined need. Students benefit from these types of experience by learning firsthand the value of service, the strength gained within a community by diverse community members, and the values of care and compassion.
2. Civic Engagement involves students in taking action to contribute to the civic processes within their community. These actions may spring from the community or from the university classroom but should always engage students in making an actual impact on political and civic processes. Students benefit from civic engagement by becoming more active and committed to the processes that sustain our democracy.
3. Service Learning involves students in projects that fulfill both community needs and academic objectives. These projects find a point of shared contact between the academic content of the course and needs articulated by the surrounding community. Reflection on the process and the outcomes of these projects is a crucial component of these types of experiences.
4. Community-Based Problem Solving engages students in long term and more complex projects designed to solve specific community-articulated needs. The aim of these projects is always to present, and hopefully implement, actual solutions to real community problems. Only the problem itself needs to come from the community; the approach to the problem and proposed solutions may originate entirely from the students involved in the project or may be developed in collaboration with appropriate community members.
5. Leadership Development engages students in an intentional effort to foster and/or enhance learning, growth and change. Leadership development experiences should provide students with an opportunity to explore their own potential for leadership in addition to expanding their capacity to perform formal or informal leadership roles within an organization or group.
Other types of activities such as research and internships may also count as engagement activities.