Action Plan: Student Experiences & Experiential Learning

Action Plan Student Experiences & Experiential Learning

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Distinctive Capability

We connect with every student on a personal level to provide a students-first culture by providing accessible, inclusive, ethical, supportive, innovative, and challenging experiential learning moments in and out of the classroom. These opportunities are based on concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract conceptualization, and active experimentation that empower graduates with a professional advantage in their careers or advanced education.

Action Plan

Strategies Action Steps Targets

New set of practicum courses taught by professionals in residence:

  • 200 – building the portfolio (1cr.)
  • 300 - working with a mentor (1cr.)
  • 400 – career-readiness (1cr)
  • 401 & 402 (additional practicum)
  • Ethics training module (300?)
  • PIR Ethics Panel – each semester


Hire professionals in residence (PIR) as practicum course instructors 

  • Soft launch practicum through Special Topics in Fall 2021
  • Identify up to 2 practicum topics per major by 2022 (# of hours, project type)
  • All practicum courses developed for and approved by UCC by Fall 2023
  • Students begin their practicum in their second semester by 2023-24 academic year
  • Aim to have xx practicum mentors in place by 2024-25 academic year
  • Identify appropriate ethics training modules and PIR panel topics by major by end of Fall 2021
Identify 10 PIRs each semester to teach practicum courses; adjust as needed
Enhance funding for students in support of external experiential learning opportunities.
  • Pursue additional sources of funding within Foundation
  • Research and compile list of companies and organizations who offer scholarships or funding to offset housing/living (such as World Journalism Institute, AEF, etc.)
  • Reach out directly to alumni – annual donation to offset living/abroad expenses
  • Establish additional domestic internships/international abroad “scholarships”
  • Utilize internship experiences reported via MyRed
  • Partner with companies to offer internship and housing or living expense stipends
  • By June 30, 2021, develop list of companies and organizations who offer scholarships or funding to offset housing/living
  • By 2022, create list and connect with influential alumni and/or company contacts to propose and establish partnership
  • By 2023, identify number of students who aspire/plan to intern outside of Nebraska
  • Increase current internship scholarship funding awarded from X number of students to X number of students by 2025
Develop college-wide mentoring program for all students consisting of industry professionals.
  • Use Husker Connect ( to facilitate mentor relationships
  • Establish Alumni Mentoring Board (committee, advisory board) - members have additional roles for recruiting other mentors, etc.
  • Reach out to alumni through alumni association, CoJMC alumni email, speaker list, Husker Connect
  • Define mentor responsibilities/expectations
  • Develop and administer Mentor Training program
  • Student mentors for underclassmen (either expanding on the mentors in JOMC 100 or making a separate program)
  • By the end of 2023, have each student participate in Husker Connect
  • 300 mentors for 600 students with 1-2 students each mentor; mentor’s professional background must align with student’s major
  • Students meet/have met with their mentor at least once per semester
  • This should tie to the industry partnerships and mentors involved in the practicums
  • By end of July 2022, define mentor responsibilities/expectations and develop and administer Mentor Training program
Create additional partnerships with the industry to provide short- and long-term experiential learning opportunities beyond internships.
  • Promote the option of project-based and/or short-term opportunities to companies (instead of an ongoing internship)
  • Establish travel budget for career specialist and/or faculty to meet with companies and contacts outside of Nebraska
  • Establish protocols so students can take exclusively online courses and receive online support when they are on long-term learning opportunities (for example, an internship with an NBA team during the academic year)
  • Ask faculty to provide a list of potential partnerships based on their personal relationships
  • Schedule meetings with up to 20 companies in 2022 to discuss the option of project-based or short-term opportunities for student work
  • Secure $10,000 in travel funds per year to support up to 10 trips for the career specialist to travel to meet with companies and contacts outside of Nebraska
  • Start a pilot program in fall 2022 for up to 20 students incorporating resources and information gathered during the academic year 2021-2022
  • Send faculty a survey during spring 2022 to provide a list of up to 10 partners they have contacted and who have agreed to take part in a program with implementation in fall 2022 (information may already be available in Digital Measures)
Develop a “Career Readiness” senior-level course that includes a portfolio requirement. Students will present their work to a panel of industry professionals and faculty.
  • Structured feedback and revision of portfolio from both industry professionals and faculty
  • Encourage students to add pieces from all of their experiences to the portfolio
  • # of people providing feedback to 100% of students
  • % source of feedback from faculty vs. % of feedback from industry professionals
  • X% of final portfolio pieces from non-senior level courses
  • X% portfolio pieces from non-CoJMC coursework (outside a course)
  • X% of students’ final grade of B+ or better
  • X% of students who pass course first time
Create a required experiential learning credential for every student in the college that includes at least three distinct practicums, mentor relationship, portfolio requirement, and career-readiness course.
  • Appoint two (2) Professors of Practice (POP) to facilitate experiential learning in practicum progra
  • Hire 1.0 FTE as Experiential Learning (EL) Coordinator to run all aspects of practicum program, mentoring program, industry partnerships and career readiness, etc.
  • Contact Renee Batman to determine how to add credential or badge to transcript (if even possible)
  • Brand experiential learning (EL) credential
  • Promote EL credential
  • Appoint POPs for Fall 2021 pilot program
  • Identify funding for EL Coordinator by June 30, 2021
  • By end of October 2021, have new courses developed and approved by faculty
  • Hold naming contest in Fall 2021, with program name selected by end of October 2021
  • Develop marketing plan by December 2021


  • # of students completing practicum each semester
  • # of internal EL opportunities available
  • # of external EL opportunities available (industry partnerships)
  • # of support staff
  • # of students with jobs directly out of college
  • # of students w/internships
  • # of students w/other experiences (education abroad, volunteering, etc.)
  • List of influential alumni in the fields we serve
  • # of alumni providing EL support
  • # of EL scholarships
  • # of EL credentials issued
  • # of mentors