Applied Learning at SUNY
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Today’s high-tech, global economy is fast-paced and moving forward every day, and we have to ensure that, above all else, we are preparing our students to be a part of it. At SUNY, we believe in the power of learning by doing. That’s why we are working to ensure that every SUNY student will have access to an applied learning opportunity, even those attending online, including opportunities from clinical placements and cooperative education to service learning, volunteerism, student research, international opportunities, and field study.
Applied learning refers to an educational approach whereby students learn by engaging in direct application of skills, theories and models. Students apply knowledge and skills gained from traditional classroom learning to hands-on and/or real-world settings, creative projects or independent or directed research, and in turn apply what is gained from the applied experience to academic learning. The applied learning activity can occur outside of the traditional classroom experience and/or be embedded as part of a course.
Every SUNY campus has an Applied Learning Team. Varying from campus to campus, these teams include faculty, professional staff, students and administrators working together to develop formal Applied Learning Campus plans and to celebrate the long-standing tradition of offering all types of Applied Learning Opportunities to SUNY students.
The Applied Learning Guidance to Campuses Document was created by the SUNY Applied Learning Steering Committee in response to the SUNY Board of Trustees Resolution on Experiential and Applied Learning. The document outlines the Criteria for Campus-Approved Applied Learning Activities, a time line of campus work and answers to frequently-asked questions.
- Free SUNY Professional Skills Career Launch Courses
Two open education resources are now available to the SUNY community free of charge: SUNY Professional Skills: Career Launch for All Majors and SUNY Professional Skills: Career Launch for Engineers. These courses are free to use by any faculty or professional staff member. Visit the Professional Skills Career Launch Page for more information.
- SUNY Service Learning Toolkit
Service-Learning in SUNY: Current Status and Strategies for Implementation
This faculty-developed toolkit provides an update to the 2008 version.
- SUNY Internships and Co-ops Guide
On behalf of the Applied Learning Steering Committee, we are sharing the final draft of the Internship and Co-Op Guide that has been prepared by a committee, organized through the University Faculty Senate with participation from the Faculty Council of Community Colleges, System Administration, and representatives from campus career development offices. This document contains guidance for how to organize internships and co-ops, although the recommendations and sample forms in this document are applicable to many other areas of Applied Learning. All of the forms listed in appendices can are available as both fillable PDF files as well as .docx (WORD) files. If you have any questions please contact email@example.com.
Peter Knuepfer, President, University Faculty Senate, co-chair, Applied Learning Steering Committee
Christy Fogal, Vice President, Faculty Council of Community Colleges, co-chair, Applied Learning Steering Committee
Elise Newkirk-Kotfila, Director of Applied Learning, SUNY System Administration
- Faculty Supervisor Summary Comments PDF | WORD
- Internship Faculty Supervisor Assessment of Student Accomplishment PDF | WORD
- Internship Site Supervisor Evaluation of Student Intern PDF | WORD
- On-Site Experience PDF | WORD
- Site Supervisor Assessment of Student as Reported to Faculty by On-Site Supervisor PDF | WORD
- Student Internship Learning Outcomes Form PDF | WORD
- Visit/Consultation Form PDF | WORD
- Intern Evaluation Rubric PDF
- Proposed Internship Site PDF
- Sample Learning Agreement 1 PDF
- Sample Learning Agreement 2 PDF
- SUNY White Paper on STEM Education
STEM@SUNY: Increasing the Persistence of Undergraduate Students in STEM at the State University of New York (SUNY)
A STEM White Paper created by The STEM Undergraduate Research and Education Steering Committee
- Reports made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York:
- Applied Work-Based Learning at SUNY - Situating SUNY Works and Studying Effects
- Supplementary Report on Assessing Labor Market Outcomes: A Pilot Study
- SUNY Applied Learning Initiative Snapshot
- Case Study - Student Perceptions of the SUNY Applied Learning Program
- SUNY Professional Skills Preparatory Course Manual
- SUNY Learning Commons
Are you part of the SUNY family? Would you like to receive updates and interact with colleagues in Applied Learning? Feel free to join the Applied Learning Group on the SUNY Learning Commons.
Applied learning opportunities at SUNY include:
- Cooperative Education
- Co-op & Clinical Placements
Clinical placements, in which more than 20,000 SUNY students are enrolled; and co-operative education programs, in which SUNY faculty and area employers have jointly developed curricula that integrate classroom instruction and on-the-job experience. Approximately 1,740 students are currently enrolled in co-op across SUNY.
- Community service
- Civic Engagement
More than 30,000 SUNY students are currently engaged in formal service-learning programs for which students earn college credit, while tens of thousands more participate in community service and volunteer locally, nationally, and around the globe.
- Field Study
- Experiences Abroad
- Creative Works
While SUNY research has historically resulted in breakthrough discoveries, inventions, and startups, increased focus on applied learning has led to an unprecedented level of collaboration between SUNY students, faculty, and industry experts to enable commercialization of the best ideas and innovations born on SUNY campuses.