Graduate and Undergraduate Catalog
Year 2006 - 2007
APPLIED STUDY and EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING TERM PROGRAM
Faculty William Jordan, Elaine Rundle‑Schwark
Associated Faculty Leonard Branson, Dyanne Ferk, Karen
Kirkendall, Paul McDevitt
Adjunct Faculty Tammy Craig, Adriel Ippolito, Janette Kirkham,
Thomas Shaughnessy, Mitch Hopper
Contact: (217) 206-6640
email@example.com, or www.uis.edu/appliedstudy
The applied study and experiential learning term (AST) is central
to UIS' public affairs emphasis within the framework of a liberal
arts curriculum and stresses practical experience, professional
development, and experiential learning. The AST fulfills this role
by providing an academically sponsored learning experience that
gives all UIS degree-seeking undergraduate students an opportunity
to learn from the community -- about its everyday tasks, its
professional life, its problems, and its unmet needs.
The AST process emphasizes self‑directed learning that provides
opportunities for career exploration, integration of academic
studies with practical experience, determination of additional
learning needs, cultivation of independent learning skills, and
development of increased awareness of community, diversity, and
The campus and AST faculty recognize the diversity of backgrounds
and academic and career needs of students. A variety of curricular
options are described more fully in the AST course descriptions.
Some programs (i.e., social work and clinical laboratory science)
have an experiential component integrated into the academic
curriculum of the program.
UIS provides an opportunity for all degree seeking
undergraduates at UIS to take 2 to12 semester hours of applied
study. Only 8 semester hours of applied study may be used to satisfy
the UIS requirement. An additional 1 to 4 semester hours may be
taken for elective credit with the adviser's permission. The AST may
be taken after admission to an academic major at UIS, selection of a
major adviser in the academic discipline, and completion of three
core courses in the academic major at UIS. Some programs have
additional prerequisites for applied study terms. Scheduling is
flexible and a variety of options are available to meet individual
Early in their third year, students should make an appointment
with their program advisers and an AST faculty member to discuss
plans for the integration of academic studies and experiential
Early in the semester preceding enrollment in the AST, students
should arrange all details of placement with the AST faculty.
Registration can be completed only with the permission of the
program adviser and an AST faculty member.
Credit for Prior Learning
Undergraduate and graduate students with extensive paid work,
community service or volunteerism, and other non-classroom learning
experiences may earn credit in appropriate academic areas.
Enrollment in AST 305 Prior Learning Portfolio Assessment or AST 501
Graduate Prior Learning Portfolio Assessment is strongly recommended
for students preparing prior learning portfolios. Undergraduates may
elect to use successful completion of AST 305 to satisfy four
semester hours of UIS requirements. Applicability of awarded credit
for prior learning credit hours toward a UIS degree is at the
discretion of individual academic programs. All students should
contact the Credit for Prior Learning office for more information.
Information is also available online at www.uis.edu/cpl.