Experiential Learning

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.