Welcome to the Office of Academic Affairs
"Experiential education is more than being hands-on. It is more long-lasting than a field trip; it is more permanent than an internship; it is more comprehensive than a co-op. Experiential education creates a personalized approach that fully engages the individual for learning that lasts.
It is a teaching and learning philosophy practiced by educators who intentionally engage with learners through direct experience and focused reflection to increase knowledge, develop skills, and clarify values. Experiential education is often contrasted with didactic education, in which the educator’s role is to “give” information/knowledge to students and to prescribe study/learning exercises that have “information/knowledge transmission” as the main goal.
Experiential education is personalized because it puts the learner front and center. Through direct “hands-on” experiences, paired with focused personal reflection, learning is individually created.
It’s engaging because experiential education involves actively applying content to real life, to real problems, and to real opportunities.
It’s lasting because we focus on how to learn, not what to learn.
Our experiential education philosophy will be embedded throughout all formal and informal teaching environments, in the classroom and beyond."
Delaware Valley University Strategic Plan, Adopted January 25, 2019
“This institution has excellent faculty who are personally invested in the success of each student. One of my top priorities as an administrator is working with employers to make sure DelVal’s academic programs give students the skills and experience they will need to be successful.”