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Conference will explore RISE impact

November 3, 2015

Students, faculty, staff and community partners interested in how the RISE to the IUPUI Challenge initiative has impacted student success and campus academic goals will explore that issue during the first RISE Day conference at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 6 in the Lilly Auditorium at University Library.

Research component

One component of RISE is student research, such as the work displayed in IUPUI's annual Research Day poster sessions. | IU COMMUNICATIONS

The event is free, and the schedule features:

  • Keynote address by IUPUI faculty member Paul Mullins of the School of Liberal Arts.
  • Poster session highlighting students' RISE experiences.
  • Question-and-answer panel featuring RISE instructors and community partners.
  • Student workshop on how to market program participation.

RSVPs are being accepted for RISE Day.

"The RISE to the IUPUI Challenge initiative engages students more deeply in their learning and contributes to their intellectual and professional development in unique ways," said Jennifer Thorington Springer, the program director. "Each undergraduate student is challenged to complete at least two of the four RISE experiences -- research, international, service learning, and experiential learning -- into their degree programs."

Springer said the conference offers:

  • Help for instructors to create or improve RISE courses.
  • Presentations by RISE faculty, staff and student participants.
  • Opportunities to hear about and view students' RISE experiences and their class projects.
  • Advisors will be on site to assist sign-ups for RISE courses.
  • On-site support from representatives from the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Center for Research and Learning, the Center for Service and Learning and the Office of International Affairs.
  • Tips on how students can market the knowledge and skills they acquire in RISE courses.
  • Resource room with materials for instructors interested in high-impact practices and experiential learning. The resource room will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • An optional student workshop is scheduled at 2:30 p.m., focusing on "How to make your involvement with RISE work for you."
International component

International experiences are another of the four elements of RISE. On this trip to Swaziland to study the importance of a health clinic, IUPUI students worked with Swazi children. | PHOTO COURTESY OF SARAH JACOBS

Springer said RISE enhances the teaching and learning process that occurs during formal classroom course work and builds on IUPUI's long tradition and commitment to experiential learning. Each RISE category incorporates qualified experiences, integration of knowledge, reflection and assessment and will be documented on students' transcripts.

The panel discussion will explore why students, faculty and community partners are passionate about the role RISE plays in academic careers and students' personal development.

"The IUPUI undergraduate educational experience is distinctive because it intentionally uses experiential learning to prepare students for graduate school, careers and citizenship," Springer said. "It provides skills, knowledge and experiences that are highly prized by employers and establishes the foundation for future leaders."

Note: This story is part of an ongoing series highlighting IUPUI's Strategic Plan initiatives.

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