How Do Students Define Engagement?
Students are increasingly attuned to the reality that they must have a varied range of applied competencies and skills if they are to be competitive for jobs and graduate studies – and that is why they chose the University of Arizona.
This year, the UA launched the Office of Student Engagement to help University students translate and apply what they learn in the classroom in transformative practices and experiences that will have a lasting impact on their professional and personal lives. The 100% Engagement initiative is a central component of the UA's Never Settle strategic and business plan beginning this fall, students will be able to graduate with an "Engaged Learning Experience" notation on their official transcripts.
UANews walked around campus recently and asked students: What will engagement look like for you?
For UA pre-business sophomore Natalie Scibilia, being engaged means performing at an academic level that would enable her to earn an internship with a high-level consulting firm.
For veteran and UA transfer student Jonerik "Lurch" Harris Strawn, it means serving as a role model to high school students, encouraging them in their own personal success.
And Katie Alhadeff, a pre-business sophomore and member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, says it is about encouraging younger women to cultivate their own leadership.
Photography by John de Dios/UANews