Strategic Planning

Working Group D: Education Outside the Classroom information sheet

Members: Mark Angeles ’15, John Bergholz ’83, Meredith Dickinson, Elizabeth Drumm (co-chair), David Garrett, Kristy Gonyer, Robert Kaplan, Margaret Noto ’75 (co-chair), Pancho Savery, Bruce Smith, Taylor Stinchcomb '14, Sarah Wagner-McCoy

Working Group D, “Education Outside the Classroom” is concerned broadly with extra- and co-curricular programs that are available to Reed students. We were asked to consider three types of programs in particular:

1) study abroad
2) community-based learning and service learning and
3) internships

We are interested in community input about any aspect of these programs and, in particular:

  1. Study abroad:
    • What are the advantages of study abroad in terms of a Reed education?
    • What trade-offs do students confront when they consider study abroad?
    • What, if anything, should the college do to better facilitate study abroad for students?
    • What are the pros and cons of faculty-led study abroad trips that occur outside of the semester?
  2. Community-based learning:
    • What are challenges for faculty who seek to incorporate aspects of community-based learning into their courses?
    • What, if anything, should the college do to help interested faculty incorporate community-based learning opportunities into their courses?
    • What are the advantages of programs like RELAY, which allow for community-based learning but are not part of a credited, academic course?
  3. Community Service:
    • What more should the college do to support our existing community service programs (SEEDS, biology outreach and other programs)?
  4. Internships:
    • What is the value of long-term and short-term internships?
    • What obstacles do students face who wish to obtain internships or externships during the summer or January break?
    • What more should the College, and the Center for Life Beyond Reed, do to support students seeking internships?