Guilford Connects places experiential education and learning at the heart of every student’s time at Guilford. As defined by the Association of Experiential Education, “Experiential education is a philosophy and methodology in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills and clarify values.”
The Guilford College Strategic Long-Range Plan 2011-2016: Outcomes of a Guilford College Education heavily emphasizes experiential learning (service-learning, internships, study away and undergraduate research) as an essential component of the Guilford experience.
At Guilford, a successful experiential learning program provides the following:
- A solid basis for career/vocational decisions.
- Broader perspectives about the communities in which they live, local, national and global.
- Integration of intellectual knowledge, “real world” experience and self understanding.
- Skills for reflection.
- Connections to Guilford’s mission to “promote positive change in the world” as well as to the core values.
- Demonstrated competence in “real world” settings.
Visit the links at the right to learn more about:
- January Term
- Internships and career development
- Study abroad and study trips
- Principled problem solving projects and civic engagement through the Center for Principled Problem Solving
- Community service and activities through the Friends Center or the Bonner Center for Community Learning
- Research projects
- Documenting and reflecting on your experiences using the Guilford Connects e-portfolio.