Special Programs

Experience-Centered Learning Program (EXCEL)
This program for undergraduate academic credit gives students an off-campus working and learning experience under the supervision of a faculty member. It offers students the opportunity to determine individual learning goals, to work independently of the classroom structure, to use analytic and reflective abilities, to relate theory and practice, and to explore career interests.

Students make their own arrangements, with the assistance and coordination of a faculty member. This program is restricted to students whose programs do not include a practicum. Thus, it is available to students in humanities, social science, natural science, and business.

Service-Learning
The Service-Learning Program at Spalding University is a cooperative venture of academic study and community service through which students can be helpful in a community setting while gaining concrete career skills, work experience, and, possibly, academic credit. Service-Learning is open to any student who wants to participate. Service-Learning projects vary, so students interested in being a part of the program are encouraged to contact the director of community service in the Office of Student Life and Development for full information.

Independent Study
Opportunities for independent study are available for qualified students. The independent study program enables a student to obtain credit for a course of study not available in the scheduled curriculum. Independent study may also be taken to obtain credit for a class that is offered in the normal schedule but wherein extreme circumstances prevent the student from taking the class when offered.

Steps for the independent study approval process:

  1. The student must put in writing why he or she needs to do an independent study.
  2. The student must take the written reason to his or her academic advisor.
  3. If the academic advisor deems the request to be legitimate, he or she will direct the student to contact the dean or chair of the appropriate department.
  4. The dean or chair will approve or deny the request based on the need for an independent study and on the availability and willingness of a faculty member to prepare a syllabus for the course.
  5. If the request is approved, the faculty advisor will complete the independent study form and will send it to the appropriate Dean or Chair for approval. If the independent study is offered through the Adult Accelerated Program, the discipline chair will contact the AAP chair regarding the necessity of offering the independent study. Once approved, the faculty member will send the independent study, with syllabus attached, to the Registrar's Office.
  6. The registrar will add the independent study course to the student's schedule for the session in which it will be completed.

Opportunities for International Study
Spalding University also offers other learning opportunities for students wishing to pursue academic interests in an international setting. The international programs vary from year to year.

Reserve Officers Training Corps
Spalding University students have the opportunity to participate in ROTC programs at the University of Louisville (Army, Air Force) and Indiana University Southeast (Army). Successful completion of the program leads to an officer's commission in the chosen armed service. Interested students should contact the appropriate office at one of the universities and should apply in the term preceding the desired entry date.


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