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A large American university in the southeastern United States has infused experiential learning into academic courses to create a national model that is both sustainable and replicable. The EXL Scholars Program has consistently shown growth and significant positive outcomes by providing students with opportunities for hands-on experiences in their fields of study, service learning opportunities, valuable networking with professionals, and an opportunity to explore career paths through real-world activities. Student learning assessments provide evidence that the EXL Scholars Program has a positive benefit for students and does enhance students’ learning experiences as stated in the program’s motto, EXL: Experience the Advantage. This article will explore how the program has been institutionalized and how students who participate in the Experiential Learning Scholars Program graduate at a significantly higher rate than those students who do not.
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