Office of Engaged Learning

About Us

Office of Engaged Learning

- Facilitates Engaged Learning Fellowships, Undergraduate Research, Big iDeas startups, Clinton Global Initiative University partnerships, and the SMU Incubator experience

- Connects students who have project or startup ideas with faculty and staff mentors, with campus programs, and with community partners

- Acts as clearinghouse for information about student engagement beyond the classroom.


EL provides the institutional framework for SMU undergraduates to complete signature work, a significant project that demonstrates application of knowledge, skills and responsibilities to a real-world situation, through capstone-level research, service, internships, creative and entrepreneurial projects.


All SMU undergraduates complete at least one signature work as part of their SMU education. Students have SMU encouragement to connect a personal passion with academic learning and SMU support to turn it into a project or business of their own.


In 2011, SMU chose Engaged Learning Beyond the Classroom as its quality enhancement plan, a requirement of SACS re-accreditation. Engaged Learning is a campus-wide initiative to enhance student learning through experiential learning opportunities.

Engaged Learning complements SMU efforts to enrich other undergraduate programs such as residential learning communities, SMU-in-Taos, and SMU Abroad. Students benefit from a transformed learning experience that emphasizes the increasingly interdependent, reciprocal and experiential nature of higher learning in a liberal arts tradition.


Research Advisory, Engaged Learning Advisory (ELAC), Entrepreneurship Steering  

Provides advice and guidance in the development and implementation of Engaged Learning policies, programming, and assessment of its overall educational impact.

Engaged Learning Student Board

Student Board is the student voice for Engaged Learning (EL) and all of its programs - Engaged Learning Fellowship (ELF), Undergraduate Research (UGR), Clinton Global Initiatives University (CGI U) and Big iDeas (BI).