At Roger Williams University, we understand that an education today needs to be experiential, linking theory with practice. The University is continually investing in innovative programs, both academic and co-curricular, to provide transformational educational experiences to students that prepare them to fulfill their potential as lifelong learners, professionals and citizens. We refer to our wide range of project-based learning opportunities and community-engaged work as civic scholarship, and we are doubling down on our long-standing commitment to focus our students' energies on the articulated needs of communities that are wrestling with real-world problems such as economic development, sustainability and social justice.
Through the Campaign for Civic Scholars our goal is to guarantee that every qualified undergraduate is able to complete at least one experiential education project during their time at Roger Williams University. We are asking for donor support to build our capacity to deliver and sustain programs at a new, increased level of investment.
The aim is to integrate traditional, classroom-based teaching with intensive experiential learning. Whether out in the community, working on an interdisciplinary project through our Community Partnerships Center, completing a customized internship with a regional or global business, or working in the laboratory doing important research with a professor, students solve problems creatively. They learn to communicate effectively and think critically – the very skills that employers say are too often missing in today’s college graduates. Take a look at the below categories of engaged learning opportunities and learn why RWU alumni have a built-in advantage over those graduates from most other schools when applying for grad school or that first job, and are further ahead when they take the next steps on their career path.