Engaged Learning

The Center for Student Research and Creative Activity reflects the University’s commitment to engaged learning

What Is Engaged Learning?

Engaged learning refers to student involvement in original research, scholarly activity, and/or creative activity that is mentored by a faculty member with the goal of publication, presentation, performance, or exhibition beyond the campus community.

Engaged learning includes:

  • Research
  • Scholarship
  • Creative activities


Studies show that these activities contribute to student success in:

  • Overall learning
  • The application of critical thinking and reasoning skills
  • The development of mentoring relationships with faculty members
  • Acceptance into graduate school
  • Career advancement

In short, engaged learning helps students gain independence as a learner — a skill that is highly valued in the workplace.

Providing Resources for Your Success

As a student at USJ, the faculty and academic staff will help you engage in scholarly activity by providing resources that support you and your faculty mentor. The Center works with students from all majors and levels of programs. Creative topics are unique to each student and discipline. You can develop your own topic or join an existing research team.

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