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11. Exhibit high levels of student engagement.

The contextual learning approach used by each External Program tends to elicit high degrees of student involvement. Messiah's Philadelphia Campus has become even more intentional about employing and "Engagement Model."

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The living, learning community provides opportunities for students to experience more in-depth collaborative learning. Students in this photo are meeting with their book discussion group reflecting on vocation and calling.
But involvement doesn't end there. The student appearing in this photo models engagement at Temple University as seen by her recent election as an officer of the Temple Social Work Club.
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(Above) Philly students also become engaged in their neighborhood by exploring and analyzing murals that are part of Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program.

(Right) Yet another example of engagement with the city is seen by the new Action Research and Geographic Systems Lab. The GIS lab enables students to conduct community-based research and neighborhood assessment. This data is then mapped as a resource for local churches, civic offices and neighborhood organizations.

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