Eastern Michigan University
Learning Beyond The Classroom
Before requesting consideration of your course for LBC credit, please access and review the LBC Manual linked above before following the request procedure. Once you have determined your course of action, make use of the resources below to get a course, program, or experience approved for Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC) credit. For further assistance, contact Jessica (Decky) Alexander, Chair of the Gen Ed LBC Subcommittee.
- Complete one of the LBC inclusion forms: Course or Non-Course
- Seek departmental/school input and have Department Head / SC sign inclusion form
- The department forwards electronic copy and signed hard copy to the Course & Program Development Office
- Select one option:
- If an existing course, the Course & Program Development Office submits electronic copy to Chair of the Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC) subcommittee and forwards signed hard copy to the General Education Program Director
- If a new course, the Course & Program Development Office holds the Gen Ed course inclusion form until course becomes officially approved through the university input system
- The LBC subcommittee reviews the inclusion form and submits feedback to the author
- Once approved by the LBC subcommittee, the course or experience is reviewed for approval by the General Education Advisory Council, who in turn, forwards to the Provost's office for final approval
Students who attend eight (8) cultural or academic events, sponsored by a campus office or department, will earn one LBC credit for satisfying Option 1 of LBC Group 3. Is your organization or department planning an art exhibition, guest artist or guest speaker event, lecture, symposium, cultural excursion, multicultural event, theatrical performance or music and dance performance?
- Acquire an LBC designation for your event by emailing the details to the General Education department.
- Schedule your event on the EMU Calendar. Make sure to set the "LBC Approved" field to "Yes!"
- Promote your event with faculty and staff on EMUToday.
- Learn how to capture and submit student participation.
Q: Can our registered student organization qualify for LBC?
A: In many cases, yes!
1. Make sure your student organization has registered with Campus Life, including the name of your faculty or staff advisor, and a complete listing of your executive board members (president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer).
2. Design, coordinate, and implement LBC-approved volunteer opportunities and events. Check out our guide to LBC-approved events here, and make sure you're recording all volunteer hours and participation for each student, whether he or she is a member of your student organization or not.
3. Turn in your spreadsheets of LBC event attendance, leadership experiences, and volunteer hours to the General Education department. If you've read the guide linked above, but you still have questions, just email email@example.com.
Q: Our student organization hasn't registered with Campus Life. Can our work and participation still qualify for LBC?
A: That depends, and because each situation may be different, there isn't an easy answer we can give here. Contact the General Education department with the details of your situation and we'll get back to you, typically within one (1) business day.
Q: What is LBC – Learning Beyond the Classroom?
Part of the Gen Ed. requirements asks students to participate in Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC) experiences. We think this is important because a university education is about more than just classes. Students involved in activities outside of the classroom have higher retention rates and more positive educational experiences.
How Will LBC Benefit You? Learning Beyond the Classroom encourages you to:
- Obtain hands-on experiences,
- Gain important skills for future professions
- Bridge classroom knowledge with out-of-classroom experiences
This is great because you can actually earn credit for your involvement in student life outside the classroom, where A LOT of your learning happens in college.
Q: What Types of Activities Count For LBC Credit?
A: A wide variety of activities count for LBC credit, everything from Marching Band participation to a planning committee for a major campus event, from leadership camps to theatre performances. There are a large number of classes that count towards LBC credit if you prefer a classroom experience. See pages 8-20 of the Student Guide to Earning Credit for Learning Beyond the Classroom for the complete list.
Credit-bearing courses taken to satisfy the LBC requirement will appear on your transcript. To check your non-credit course LBC credit entries: Log in to your My.Emich.edu account, then click the Student tab and the Student Services tab. Select the "Student Records" link, and then choose "Supplemental Advising Information." Your LBC credit entries will show up here.
If you see LB1, LB2, L3P, LB4, LB5, or LB6, you have completed that LBC group requirement. If you see one or more entries of "LB3" or "L3A," these are events from LBC Group 3. You must have eight events to complete this LBC group.
If you believe your LBC credits are not correct, contact the General Education department.
Q: How do I earn LBC credits?
A: Lots of ways! Check this link to read through our LBC Student Manual. You'll find some interesting options for each LBC group, including volunteerism, student leadership, career-related experiences, attending certain movies, exhibits, and performances, and taking fun and helpful credit-hour classes. Remember that your experience must be associated or affiliated with EMU to qualify as an LBC credit.
Q: How do I know that my attendance at an LBC-approved event will be recorded?
A: At every event on the EMU Calendar listed as "LBC-approved," there must be a method of recording student participation. This may be giving your name and EID to a staff member who records them or filling out a slip of paper and turning that in to an event coordinator.
It's very important for you to keep a record or log of your attended events. That way, if there's ever a problem, we can help you figure out what's missing.
If you do not find any way of recording your participation at an LBC-approved event, pick up an event program and ask for a name and signature on it from the event coordinator. Bring that signed program to the General Education department in Starkweather Hall. If you cannot come by during our office hours, just ask to leave it for Dr. Foreman, and make sure to include your name and EID. We'll contact you with any questions and send you an email when we have entered your attendance in My.Emich.edu.
Q: How many LBC credits do I need?
A: It depends on your official "admit" status to EMU. If this was your first time attending any college, you'll need to earn credits in two different LBC Groups. If you transferred to EMU from another institution, you may only need one LBC credit. Ask your advisor or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're not certain. We nearly always respond within one (1) business day. Remember that LBC credits must be completed at EMU, and cannot be transferred from another university.
Q: How can I see how many LBC credits I have, or how many LBC-approved events I've attended?
A: Easy! Log in to your My.Emich.edu account, and click the Student Services tab. From here, click on Student Records, and then look for the Supplemental Advising Information link. Most LBC credits will appear here, including the events you may be attending to earn LBC Group 3 option 1 credit. Other LBC experiences, including credit-hour courses, internships, student teaching, clinicals, and practiums may be found on your transcript. Just look for a course number followed by an "L," like COUN 100L or COB 200L; you can also look for courses that mention "internship, student teaching, cooperative experience, clinical, or practicum" in the course name.
Q: I know I've completed LBC credits or attended events that aren't shown on My.Emich. What do I do?
A: If you've checked the Supplemental Advising Information link in your My.Emich.edu account and your Student Transcript and you do not see the LBC credits or attendances you believe you should have, use the LBC Credit Request form here to provide a brief explanation of what you feel is missing. The appropriate faculty or staff advisor will receive a request to forward confirmation and approval of your credit to the General Education department. If you do not receive an email with this approval within 5 business days, contact the General Education department at email@example.com.