Experiential Learning Center at The University of Akron

UA's Center for Experiential Learning

Our mission at the EX[L] center is to enable students to emerge as civically engaged, skilled and adaptable leaders, ready to take on real-world challenges.


Requesting Nominations – EXL Awards

We're pleased to announce the second annual EXL Awards Ceremony. The event will celebrate innovative experiential learning activity that inspires students and stimulates strong relationships among UA students, faculty and the community.

Nominations: Deadline April 15th

  • In one page or less include appropriate descriptive info (the review committee should clearly be able to see the purpose for the nomination).

The Awards Ceremony

  • Friday, May 3rd at 11 a.m. to noon in Bierce Library

Nomination categories


Spring Pitch Competition - Win $10,000

Have an idea to improve the community? BE THE CHANGE 10K is a pitch competition where University of Akron students have a chance to compete for a top prize of $10,000 to benefit the community.

Additional prizes will be awarded to runners-up. Think of this like "Shark Tank," except you are competing for prize money for a social cause you care about.


Pitch Details

Internship openings

Through the Akron Community Internship Program (ACIP), students spend 100 hours and earn $1,000 working on a specific activity with a clear deliverable. You may be eligible to earn academic credit through the internship, depending on your department. View current openings.


CBA students pose with EXPY award for NEOSVFCoolest Internship Award

Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund (NEOSVF), an ACIP who employs EXL student Alizeh Khalifa, received the “Coolest Internship” award at the 2018 Expys - an event that honors excellence in experiential learning.

EXL co-director attends prestigious summit

Dr. Carolyn Behrman was selected to participate in the inaugural DELTA Summit by DCAL and NSEE. Educators and program directors described as "highly imaginative, passionate leaders and big-thinkers in the field of experiential learning" were brought together to explore big questions and challenges in higher education.

Read more.

Student Success

UA student drops out, rebounds with EXL Center in this student success story. EbaNee Bond recalls the self-doubt that led her to drop out of UA, and the unexpected call that brought her back. She credits the EXL Center for restarting her academic career and opening up a future of endless possibilities.


Courtney Malita writes about the The Impact of the "Unclass:" Breaking from the Traditional Classroom and the benefits she gained from taking "Unearthing the Paranormal: Ghosts of Akron's Past."

The unclass "Unearthing the Paranormal: Ghosts of Akron's Past" let anthropology students research "haunted" history and practice in-the-field interviewing techniques as they explored ghost stories surrounding Akron's Schneider Park and mass graves.

The Cummings Center's Institute for Human Science and Culture wrote about UA's "Digital Humanities in the Archives" unclass in its blog post, "In an UnClass of its Own." Students learned archiving skills and how to make items accessible to the public and to scholars.