There are two types of SCI experiences: academic and co-curricular. Within these categories are experiences of varying intensity ranging from simple exposure to the goals and learning outcomes of the Scholar-Citizen program, to broadly targeted co-curricular experiences, to advanced opportunities in public service, leadership, and applied research for our student “Scholar-Citizen Fellows.”
SCI academic learning experiences incorporate a wide-range of high-impact, student-centered instructional practices including, but not limited to:
- Applied research;
- Participation at a relevant professional conference;
- Case-based or problem-based learning; and
- Appropriately focused and structured travel experiences.
SCI co-curriculars contribute to one of the three areas of psycho-social development targeted by the Scholar-Citizen program:
- Reflective Judgment, and
- Intercultural Knowledge and Competence.
There are three “tiers” of SCI co-curriculars to support both broad student exposure to the learning and psycho-social developmental goals of the SC program as well as the academic and co-curricular requirements of our Scholar-Citizens and Scholar-Citizen Fellows.
Tier 1 (broad appeal and relevance, indirect assessment through survey administration to attendees)
Broadly targeted events such as a campus lecture by nationally known speakers. The morning following a SC event, student attendees receive a short, five-item survey that includes an enhanced comment box encouraging student reflection on the event and its relevance to her or his classroom and lived experiences.
Tier 2 (faculty designed events tied to a course, set of courses, or other academic program; direct assessment through student reflections in associated course(s))
Tier 2 co-curricular programs are experiences that may be open to the campus community but that are directly tied to one or more academic courses. In addition to indirect tracking of student attendance and administering of the generic survey to event attendees, students enrolled in the connected courses are assigned a specific learning activity and their works are collected as a direct measure of student learning. Additionally, SC Fellows may choose to use the event to springboard discussion and as the topic of an e-portfolio reflection.
Tier 3 (student-designed projects; direct assessment through SCF ePortfolio)
Tier 3 co-curriculars are high-level integrated and intensive learning experiences designed and led by Scholar-Citizen Fellows. An example might be an SCF’s design of an international internship that conforms with one or more SC learning outcomes, an intense applied research experience that conforms to SC learning outcomes, or of a student-led alternative spring break. Designing and successfully completing at least one Tier 3 co-curricular is a requirement for all Scholar-Citizen Fellows.