What is Engaged Learning?
At WCU, we define engaged learning as the integration of purposeful academic and co-curricular activities to equip students with the intellectual and experiential skills necessary for success in life beyond college.
Western Carolina University is recognized internationally as a Carnegie Engaged Institution. WCU has a long history of community engagement and a portrait of what engagement means at WCU and how it is being achieved can be found in the summary report of our most recent application for the Carnegie Foundation Elective Community Engagement Classification.
Western Carolina University provides opportunities for students, resources for faculty and staff, and information for community partners to promote engaged learning and community outreach. Get involved! Information about upcoming events related to engagement is available here. Also, you can see what others have been doing lately related to community engagement.
What is Engagement?
We define engaged learning as the integration of purposeful academic and co-curricular activities to equip students with the intellectual and experiential skills necessary for success in life beyond college. Engaged learning incorporates teaching, learning, and scholarship by faculty, students, and community partners characterized by reciprocity and respectful exchange.
We define community outreach and engagement as the alignment and application of University goals and resources to local and regional issues through the development of reciprocal, collaborative partnerships and exchanges. Community outreach and engagement include the exploration and application of knowledge, information, and resources.