EX[L]: UA's Center for Experiential Learning

We strive to enable students to emerge as civically engaged, skilled and adaptable leaders, ready to take on real-world challenges.


Fall Community-Engaged Course grants

For fall 2019, faculty can apply for support of up to $1000 for teaching classes that engage the greater Akron community through community-based research or service-learning. See grant guidelines.

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.


The 2019 EXL Awards

The 2nd annual EXL Awards Ceremony was May 3rd. See the award recipients and more details about the program.

2nd annual EXL Awards Ceremony

Be the Change $10K Winner Zach Gerdes

Congratulations to Zach Gerdes and his company LIFT for winning the grand prize $10,000! #BeTheChange

See photos from the competition.

Pitch competition details


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.