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General Education Program
344 McKenny Hall
734.487.0439

All General Inquires:
generaleducation@emich.edu 

 

FACULTY & STAFF

Interim Director

Dr. W. John Koolage

Graduate Assistants

Danielle Clevenger
Sarah Bruckler
Kelsey Deguise

 

Faculty Fellows (Fall 2018)

Dr. Maria Milletti
Dr. Stephanie Casey
Dr. Brenden Fay
Dr. Jenny Kindred
Dr. Keon Pettiway
Dr. Katherine Ryker

 

 

Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC)

To learn more about what LBC is, what is required of students, and what different options EMU offers for fulfilling this requirement, visit the LBC section of the online catalog.

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Information: for Students, for Student Organizations and for Advisors, Faculty & Staff

Advisors, Faculty & Staff:

Entering Student LBCs in my.emich

Any non-student employee or faculty member can enter LBCs in my.emich for students completing experiences under their supervision, sponsorship, or direction. Be sure to approve the experience with the General Education office to ensure that it constitutes an LBC experience.

  1. Log in to my.emich.
  2. Click on the Faculty or Employee tab.
  3. Click on the Application Administration tab.
  4. Click on the "Confirm Student LBC Participation" link.
  5. Enter your EID as the confirmer and then enter the student's EID.
  6. Select the Appropriate LBC type:
    1. LB1 - Group 1: Self and Well-Being
    2. LB2 - Group 2: Community Service, Citizenship, and Leadership
    3. LB3 - Group 3: Cultural and Academic Activities and Events; which has two different codes:
      1. L3A for those who attend a cultural/academic event
      2. L3P for those who participate in organizing, working, or performing at the event
    4. LB4 - Group 4: Career and Professional Development
    5. LB5 - Group 5: International and Multicultural Experience
    6. LB6 - Group 6: Undergraduate Research.
  7. Click the Submit button, confirm that the data was saved.

Requesting Consideration of a Course for LBC Approval

Before requesting consideration of your course for the LBC, please access and review the LBC section of the online catalog. Once you have determined which LBC Group you are requesting your course to be approved for, follow the steps below to complete your request for LBC course approval.

  1. Complete the LBC Course Inclusion Form.
  2. Seek departmental/school input and have Department Head/SC sign inclusion form.
  3. The department forwards an electronic copy and a signed hard copy to the Course & Program Development Office.
  4. Select one option:
    1. If an existing course, the Course & Program Development Office submits an electronic copy to the Chair of the Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC) subcommittee and forwards a signed hard copy to the General Education Program Director.
    2. If a new course, the Course & Program Development Office holds the Gen Ed course inclusion form until the course becomes officially approved through the university input system.
  5. The LBC subcommittee reviews the inclusion form and submits feedback to the author.
  6. Once approved by the LBC subcommittee, the course is reviewed for approval by the General Education Advisory Council, who in turn, forwards to the Provost's office for final approval.

Download the LBC Assessment Project Materials

Student Organizations and Event Coordinators:

Students who attend eight (8) cultural or academic LBC-approved events, sponsored by a campus office or department, will earn one LBC for satisfying LBC Group 3, Option 1.

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? If so, acquire an LBC designation for your event by emailing the details to the General Education department at generaleducation@emich.edu. If approved, we will provide you with information on scheduling and promoting your LBC event, LBC logos for marketing, and a template spreadsheet for recording student attendance.

Q: Can our registered student organization qualify for LBC?

A: In many cases, yes! 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).

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, general answer we can give you here. Contact the General Education department at generaleducation@emich.edu with the details of your situation and we'll get back to you, typically within two (2) business days.

Q: What code do I choose to enter LBC in my.emich or in the LBC Template Spreadsheet?

A: The codes we use are as follows:

  1. LB1 - Group 1: Self and Well-Being
  2. LB2 - Group 2: Community Service, Citizenship, and Leadership
  3. LB3 - Group 3: Cultural and Academic Activities and Events; which has two different codes:
    1. L3A for those who attend a cultural/academic event
    2. L3P for those who participate in organizing, working, or performing at the event
  4. LB4 - Group 4: Career and Professional Development
  5. LB5 - Group 5: International and Multicultural Experience
  6. LB6 - Group 6: Undergraduate Research.

Students:

Q: What is LBC - Learning Beyond the Classroom?

A: 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 education 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 fulfill graduation requirements with your involvement in student life outside the classroom, where a lot of your learning happens in college.

Q: What types of activities count for the LBC requirement?

A: A wide variety of activities count for LBC, everything from Marching Band participation to planning a committee for a major campus event, from leadership camps to theatre performances. There are also a large number of classes that count towards the LBC requirements if you prefer a classroom experience. See the LBC section in the online catalog for a complete list of options. 

Credit-bearing courses taken to satisfy the LBC requirements will appear on your audit in U.Achieve. To check your non-credit course LBC entries: 

  1. Log in to your my.emich.edu account
  2. Click on the Student tab
  3. Click on the Student Services tab
  4. Select the "Student Records" link
  5. Select the "Supplemental Advising Information" link, your LBC 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 entries are not correct, contact the General Education department at generaleducation@emich.edu.

Q: How do I earn LBC?

A: Lots of way! Read through the LBC section of the online catalog. 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 interesting credit-hour classes. 

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 it 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 you participation at an LBC-approved event, pick up an event program and ask for a name and signature on it from the event coordinator. Email that signed program to the General Education department, at generaleducation@emich.edu. We'll contact you with any questions and send you an email when we have entered your attendance in my.emich.

Q: How many LBCs do I need?

A: It depends on your official "admit" status to EMU. If this was your first time attending any college (FTIAC), you'll need to earn LBC experiences in two different Groups. If you transferred to EMU from another institution, you may only need one LBC. Ask your advisor or email generaleducation@emich.edu if you're not certain.

Q: What do the LBC codes mean on my Supplemental Advising Information page?

A: The codes we use are as follows:

  1. LB1 - Group 1: Self and Well-Being
  2. LB2 - Group 2: Community Service, Citizenship, and Leadership
  3. LB3 - Group 3: Cultural and Academic Activities and Events; which has two different codes:
    1. L3A for those who attend a cultural/academic event
    2. L3P for those who participate in organizing, working, or performing at the event
  4. LB4 - Group 4: Career and Professional Development
  5. LB5 - Group 5: International and Multicultural Experience
  6. LB6 - Group 6: Undergraduate Research.

If you see the code LB3, consider it the same as an L3A.

Q: I know I've completed LBCs 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 account and your updated graduation audit in U.Achieve, and you do not see the LBC entries or attendances you believe you should have, use the LBC Request form 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 LBC 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 generaleducation@emich.edu.

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