EDGE Program

Program Details

What is the EDGE Program?

All SUU students design an multi-semester out-of-the-classroom project that will support their long-term personal or professional plans.

The SUU EDGE Program applies a formalized five-step structure to a broad range of experiential learning opportunities. Experiential learning is often an optional activity in higher education, and one not always found at the center the academic curriculum. The EDGE Program is a graduation requirement for all SUU students. Three one-credit online courses prepare students for the program, help them write and submit a proposal, and guide them through reporting, reflection, and dissemination of their project results. Students may utilize existing campus or community programs or design a project of their own.

Definition of the EDGE Project

An EDGE Project is more about the process than the product.

The EDGE Project itself is a method of organizing out-of-the-classroom activities, educational pursuits, or learning opportunities into self-directed projects with clearly identified goals, objectives, deliverables, and timelines. Project selection or design is entirely up to the student. The program ensure the projects meet NSEE standards, that they are safe, legal, and fit into a student's plans for personal or professional development.

Overview of the EDGE Program Process

The EDGE Program ideally spans the entire length of a student's academic career at SUU, with key milestones coming at the beginning, middle, and end of their degrees.

The EDGE Process begins with an online one-credit orientation to the program. It covers why, how, and what of the program. Following this orientation, students take a little time to explore options and possibilities. Once a student settles on a project, they take a course in proposal writing and project planning. By the end of this course, they will have an approved proposal and plan of action, including a plan for how to document their project. Once their project is complete, students enroll in a final one credit online course that focuses on formalized reflection, reporting, and dissemination of the project, resulting in a sharable online portfolio.