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Shared Identity and Common Concerns

Individual programs comprising Messiah's External Programs area share a number of common concerns. Each of these programs:

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  • Serve students across all academic majors and in each of the five schools at Messiah College
  • Have a developmental plan for reaching students over each of their four years at the College
  • Assist school deans and academic departments in facilitating the long-term visions and goals they have established for their majors
  • Share a common mission statement and foundational theoretical framework
  • Extend student learning beyond the traditional classroom
    Develop curricula and program strategies based on identified student learning outcomes
  • Emphasize the importance of active and experiential learning
  • Exhibit high levels of student engagement
  • Focus on contextual learning where learning takes place in close proximity to the subject matter under study
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  • Immerse students in settings where they cultivate friendships with people who may be very different from themselves
  • Prepare students through orientation programming for their service, work, internship, and study opportunities beyond the Grantham campus
  • Cultivate collaborative partnerships with local and global community agencies, organizations, employers and educational institutions in delivering their programs
  • Are committed to following best practices
  • for the delivery of experiential learning curricula
  • Identify and monitor health and safety issues while students are in learning environments away from the Grantham Campus
  • Provide unique, hands-on opportunities for students to test out and reflect on their vocational calling
  • Work closely with program alumni
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  • Collaborate with the EpiCenter, which functions as a one-stop-shop for initial information about many External Program opportunities
  • Work closely with the Director of Academic Advising to communicate clear information about External Programs' courses and curricula, and off-campus course equivalencies
  • Brainstorm to create hybrid opportunities between programs such as international internships (International Programs & the Internship Center) and internships in Philadelphia (the Philadelphia Campus and the Internship Center)
  • Enhance students' background and preparation for the transition to graduate school, employment and service following graduation


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