The Experiential Learning Initiative, or ELI, is Charleston Southern’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) from fall 2016 through spring 2021. ELI provides enriched educational opportunities via internships, practicums, clinicals, field courses and other real-world application of classroom theory. Commencing with the 2018 freshman class, students will be required to earn experiential credits, but opportunities for participating in experiential learning already flourish at Charleston Southern.
Studies have shown that benefits of experiential learning for students include higher job placement rates after graduation, better understanding of course material, and the development of professional skills for the postgraduate environment.
An Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR) corresponds to an internship, service learning project or applied learning course. One ELR will be required for students admitted in the 2019-2020 Academic Year. Two ELRs will be required for students admitted in the 2020-2021 Academic Year.