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Author: myUNB News

Posted on Mar 1, 2018

Category: News and Notices

In 2016, UNB took the lead on a province-wide task force to explore a new approach to experiential education in New Brunswick. The Government of New Brunswick has recently accepted the task force???s recommendations and is committing to work with UNB and the province's three other universities on expanding experiential education opportunities for students across the province.

This is an important turning point for both UNB and the province. While UNB has put increasing focus on experiential education for our students as a way to enrich the student experience, this new commitment by the government and New Brunswick's universities will help to ensure that more students can live and work in the province after graduating.

Providing students with experiential education opportunities has been shown to increase student engagement, improve academic achievement, promote strong citizenship and foster leadership skills. It is our goal to provide experiential education opportunities for every student at UNB by the time they graduate.

In an effort to realize this goal, UNB will soon be establishing an Office of Experiential Education led by a senior staff person, with support from the Government of New Brunswick. The Office will work to develop rich, meaningful partnerships and opportunities for students in the public, private and non-profit sectors, while serving as a leader in experiential education innovation.

We expect to hear more from our provincial government on experiential education in the near future.

These initiatives are the combination of six years of work by a dedicated group at UNB. The reports developed by the 2014 UNB Task Force on Experiential Education, the 2016 Provincial Task Force on Experiential Education, and the 2017 UNB President's Advisory Group are now available for review. Together, they provide a blueprint for our vision for experiential education at UNB.

The 2016 Report of the Task Force on Experiential Education offers an implementation plan to increase the volume and quality of experiential education opportunities for students enrolled in New Brunswick's four universities and provides a framework for growth in collaboration with the provincial government, employers and partners.

In light of this and the 2014 report, the 2017 UNB President's Advisory Group produced the Report of the President's Advisory Group on Experiential Education, which offers a plan to ensure that every student at UNB has the opportunity to engage in experiential learning opportunities.

Through public post-secondary education initiatives like the growth and development of experiential education, UNB is helping to build a better, stronger New Brunswick.

For more questions about the work that has been undertaken by both UNB and provincial task force, please contact Laurelle LeVert.

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