Sponsored Educational Experiences in the KU Core

Goals in the KU Core can be met through an approved experience designed by student and faculty member. Students with a faculty sponsor may propose a unique experience to fulfill certain KU Core goals. Experiences must meet the following set of principles that define a sponsored educational experience.

Principle 1: Intention, Preparedness and Planning
The experience and the learning are fundamental and the experience must have clear intentional roles for both the participant and any KU Faculty Sponsor(s) of learning. Participants must ensure that they enter the experience with sufficient foundation to support a successful experience. Both the participant and the KU Faculty Sponsor(s) should develop and implement a plan that includes learning goals, objectives and activities. This guided experience involves engagement from both the participant and the KU Faculty Sponsor.
Principle 2: Reflection
Reflection is the element that transforms simple experience to a learning experience. For knowledge to be discovered and internalized the learner must test assumptions and hypotheses about the outcomes of decisions and actions taken, then weigh the outcomes against past learning and future implications. This reflective process is integral to all phases of experiential learning, from identifying intention and choosing the experience, to considering preconceptions and observing how they change as the experience unfolds. Reflection is also an essential tool for adjusting the experience and measuring the outcomes.
Principle 3: Monitor Progress
Any learning activity will be dynamic and changing, and both the participant and the KU Faculty Sponsor bear responsibility for ensuring that the experience, as it in in process, continues to provide the richest learning possible, while affirming the participant learner. It is imperative that there be a feedback loop related to learning intentions and quality objectives and that the structure of the experience be sufficiently flexible to permit change in response to what the feedback suggests. While reflection provides input for new knowledge based on documented experience, other strategies for observing progress against intentions and objectives should also be in place.
Principle 4: Assessment and Evaluation
Outcomes and processes should be systematically documented with regard to initial intentions and quality outcomes. Assessment is a means to develop and retain the specific learning goals and quality objectives identified during the planning stages of the experience, while evaluation provides comprehensive data about the experiential process as a whole and whether it has met the intentions which suggested it. Approved learning experiences will implement an assessment plan that includes competencies and learning outcomes for the experience along with both summative and formative measures to assess the competencies and outcomes.

In addition, each educational experience considered for the KU Core should have a specific number of contact hours equal to at least 3 credit hours or 120 hours in and out of the classroom over the semester; and an outcome should include a product representative of the student’s effort. 

How to Propose a Sponsored Educational Experience:

  1. Student identifies faculty member to act as a sponsor for an educational experience.
  2. Student and faculty member work together to propose educational experience for approval. For guidelines, please click here.
    1. Students submitting for Fall 2017, please contact kucore@ku.edu. Student submitting for Spring 2018 must submit materials to the University Core Curriculum Committee via kucore@ku.edu no later than November 28, 2017.
  3. ​​​The University Core Curriculum will review proposal. Upon approval of the educational experience, the student will receive a permission code to enroll in 0-credit course. If an experience is denied, the committee will provide feedback on the proposal for the faculty sponsor and student to revise and resubmit if desired.
  4. Student completes educational experience and faculty sponsor administers a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade.

For the list of proposal guidelines, please click here.