Outcomes Study

Weaving Experiential Learning
throughout a
Liberal Arts Curriculum

Anne Dueweke,
Assistant Provost
Institutional Support and Research

Paul Sotherland,
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Biology

This presentation, given at the AAC&U General Education and Assessment Conference 4-6 March 2004, shared results of an alumni survey on outcomes of a Kalamazoo College Education.

We recently surveyed all alumni with doctorate degrees to find out how their Kalamazoo College education contributed to their decision to attend graduate school and to their success there.

What we learned was that weaving experiential education, via the K-Plan, into a liberal arts curriculum

  • Creates an environment that encourages students to learn through experience
  • Provides experiential components that enhance traditional classroom learning
  • Fosters development of students who embody critical thinking and connected knowing and who are self-directed, life-long learners

“Mix together bright, curious minds, inspiring instruction, demanding curriculum, mind-expanding experiences, and open nurturing and supportive environment, and young adults get jazzed about life’s possibilities, life’s big questions, and they develop a will and confidence to go out and answer them!”
~ Class of 1978, Ph.D. Chemistry