Engaged and Integrated Learning

As a liberal arts university dedicated to the mission of “liberating persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community,” we believe in connecting students, faculty and staff in active learning experiences that positively impact the world around us. We find that when classroom study is combined with action it promotes enlightened thinking and inspires in us the desire to live lives of meaning and purpose.

Engaged learning at Drury University:

  • Is a required component of The Drury Core general education curriculum
  • Delivers on the Drury Connect Initiative, which underlies our strategic plan
  • Honors our commitment to effectively link liberal arts and sciences to the study of professional areas
  • Promotes increased confidence and a positive sense of self-value
  • Enhances student retention and more effectively aids in development of critical thinking skills
  • Leads to greater student satisfaction
  • Is a critical component for effectively preparing graduates for success

Because engagement and integration are identified as two of the university’s Six Standards of Excellence, and are inextricably connected when it comes to effectively preparing Drury graduates, the university has established Engaged and Integrated Learning as an experience that is distinctively Drury.

Definition
Connect student, faculty, staff and alumni in active learning experiences that intentionally combine theory and practice to make learning outcomes more impactful, while positively affecting local and global communities. The expressed result is for each student to leave Drury effectively equipped for success, with a defined sense of purpose and the desire to lead a life of meaning.

How Engaged and Integrated Learning comes to life at Drury