Currently, the University of North Florida enrolls more than 16,000 undergraduates. While the university will continue to grow, it will do so strategically in order to maintain the high quality undergraduate experience that awaits students at an institution large enough to offer a broad range of rich academic programs and small enough to allow for exceptional attention to the interests and ambitions of individual students. To assure that every student will receive such attention, President Delaney launched an initiative to provide UNF students with what are referred to across the university as “transformational learning opportunities."
A transformational learning opportunity, whether inside or outside the classroom, has the potential to enrich student learning and personal development.
Such transformational experiences are an integral component of UNF’s strategic plan and institutional mission. These unique and engaging educational opportunities broaden and deepen students’ intellectual and world views. These opportunities may occur within a course, extend beyond the framework of a specific course, or be co-curricular in nature (see application samples). The common denominator among “TLOs,” whether they occur inside or outside the classroom, is the potential for significantly impacting the student’s professional and personal development.
Transformational Learning Opportunities set the occasion for life-changing experiences.
Transformational learning opportunities may take a myriad of forms: study abroad experiences; service learning experiences; research experiences with a faculty member; internships, practicum, field and co-op experiences; directed independent studies with a faculty member; learning communities; and leadership experiences. Because this list of categories does not exhaust the full range of potentially transformative and enriching student learning opportunities, proposals are not limited to these categories.
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