Breaking Boundaries 2017 Call For Presentations

Proposals Due: March 1, 2017

Symposium Date: April 28, 2017

Stella and Charles Guttman Community College


Experiential learning, in its many different forms, can be transformative for students and can lead to increased rates of retention and engagement.  As demonstrated in the University Plan for Experiential Learning submitted to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office in June 2016, CUNY’s colleges are already actively engaged in experiential education practices. At the same time, there is tremendous opportunity—and enthusiasm—for increasing and diversifying experiential learning opportunities (ELOs) for students. CUNY’s 2017 Experiential Learning Symposium aims to convene conversations about maximizing the effectiveness and reach of both curricular and co-curricular approaches.

Expanding and strengthening experiential learning activities will require innovation and collaboration at all levels--between faculty and staff, among CUNY colleges, between community colleges and senior colleges, across disciplines, and with the communities of which CUNY is a part. We invite presentations from faculty, staff, and administrators at all CUNY colleges, as well as community partners, whose goals and roles intersect in designing, implementing, and assessing ELOs in New York City. Preference will be given to proposals that showcase effective curricular and co-curricular experiential learning initiatives that include:

  • Scalability
  • Partnerships across disciplines and campuses
  • Community-based learning
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Use of technologies and 21st century competencies
  • Local and global industry links

Because experiential education casts such a wide net, this Call for Presentations includes consideration of the ELOs captured in CUNY’s University Definitions:

Formal internships (paid and unpaid), independent internships (paid and unpaid), co-operative education, service learning/community service, clinical preparation/practicum, research/field study, campus- or university-based work and/or leadership, civic engagement, international applied learning opportunities.

Visit CUNY’s Experiential Learning website to view details of CUNY’s categorical definitions of ELO, which are necessarily broad, given the distinct priorities and strengths of its various colleges and the wide spectrum of students they serve.

Please complete the form below to submit a proposal for the Breaking Boundaries 2017 Symposium.

Session Title
Primary Presenter First Name
Primary Presenter Last Name
Primary Presenter Title
Primary Presenter College
Second Presenter First Name
Second Presenter Last Name
Second Presenter Title
Second Presenter College
Third Presenter First Name
Third Presenter Last Name
Third Presenter Title
Third Presenter College
Session Type (Sessions are 50 min.)
Conference Theme - Please identify the theme(s) this proposal align(s) with.
Proposal Abstract (250 Words) - The abstract should describe the content and significance of the session (or roundtable), as well as how it relates to the theme of the meeting. Participants will be most interested in new information, innovative programs, and proven results.
Brief Description (100 words) - This description will be used for the final program. Please remember that—should your proposal be accepted—a participant’s decision to attend your session will be based in large part on this description. We encourage you to make it as accurate, and compelling, as possible.
Intended Audience (25 words) - Please indicate who would best benefit from attending this session.
Expected Learning Outcomes (50-75 words) - Please describe—or list—the outcomes with which you hope the audience members will leave the session—i.e., the “takeaways.”