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Deep Student Engagement

Research indicates that “high-impact educational practices,” such as study abroad, internships, and undergraduate research, provide transformative effects for students’ personal development, career readiness, and overall success while on campus. By ensuring every undergraduate, no matter their background or circumstance has access to transformative, career-building experiences, UT will produce one of the most robust and talented employment pipelines in the nation with student scholars who are ready to take on the challenges of a diverse, global world.

Our vision is that every undergraduate UT student scholar will have the opportunity to participate in at least one sustained, deep engagement opportunity before graduation. To support this goal, while also ensuring that scholars are having intentional opportunities to make meaning of their learning and how it can translate to post-graduation goals, UT is designing the Volunteer Experience Program.

The Volunteer Experience Program, guided by the Volunteer Experience committee, will be a flexible menu of learning and engagement activities that foster well-being and purposeful life-career readiness preparation, guiding students through content and experiences to set them up for success. To complete the Volunteer Experience Program, each scholar will engage with career preparation activities and an experiential learning opportunity individualized to their interests and career goals.

This program is currently in development and will include opportunities such as:

  • Universal modular learning opportunities focused on
    • Civic Engagement
    • Inclusive Excellence
    • Leadership & Service
    • Preparing for a Global Workforce
    • Well-being
  • Experiential learning opportunities that provide sustained engagement and are individualized to each scholar’s interests and career goals, including
    • Internships
    • Leadership and Service
    • Study Abroad and Global Learning
    • Undergraduate Research
  • Ongoing touchpoints structured to assist scholars in making meaning of their collegiate experience and how to translate them into the job and graduate school search