Engaged Learning is an exciting and progressive approach to education for which Emory has been widely recognized. Courses that follow this curriculum create a connection between classroom and real-life work in the Emory and surrounding communities by including experiential learning into the course syllabi. In response to Emory’s being awarded the 2008 Presidential Award for Community Service, Emory’s president James W. Wagner wrote, “Emory is committed to providing our students with a world class education and the sense of responsibility to become scholar-citizens addressing opportunities to improve the human condition in myriad ways.”
Some examples of Engaged Learning programs include:
Economics professor David Frisvold taught a freshman seminar on the economics of poverty. As part of the course, students completed IRS training and participated in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, helping low income working people, who could not afford tax assistance, receive tax refunds due to them.
Thanks to a generous gift from The Coca-Cola Foundation, Emory’s Sustainable Partnerships for Atlanta Neighborhoods (SPAN) is able to incorporate a “Connecting Coursework to Community” project into the program, sending Emory students into the community to help reduce pollution and to implement “green” strategies and practices by applying what they’re learning in courses like environmental studies and public health.