The University of Arizona

100% Engagement’s Growth by the Numbers

UA’s 100% Engagement Initiative inspires students to translate and apply their learning within and beyond the classroom into transformative practices and experiences that impact their professional and personal lives. The following is the first of a three-part series that highlights the growth and impact of 100% Engagement on students, faculties, and the state of Arizona. 

Two years ago, the University of Arizona created 100% Engagement in recognition that teaching and learning is best when students are immersed in dynamic experiences that have clear learning outcomes rooted in critical reflection and applications of knowledge. Since then, 100% Engagement has seen a meteoric rise in growth and impact, producing graduates that are among the most competitive in career and graduate school markets.

In less than two years, UA students have completed a total of 12,500 engaged learning experiences. During the Spring 2017 semester alone, nearly 4,000 UA students participated in an engaged learning experience.   

100% Engagement experiences combine activities such as leadership, creative expression, and intercultural exploration with competencies and skills such as innovation, professionalism, civic responsibility, communication, collaboration, and problem solving. The result is that students not only connect what they are doing to their passions and career goals, they are also learning and applying skills imperative for career success.

"Our students are already some of the most sought-after students in the country,” said Vincent J. Del Casino Jr., PhD, Vice President for Academic Initiatives and Student Success. “UA's 100% Engagement builds on the great tradition of experiential learning at the UA and ensures our students are successful on the job from Day One.”

Unique to this innovative model is the engagement notation students earn on their official UA transcript. Such a notation documents each student’s personalized UA educational experience and proves to future employers and graduate schools that these students gained applicable experience in their fields through their UA experience.

In Spring 2017, 62 percent of the graduating class participated in 100% Engagement – a 55 percent increase from graduates in 2015-2016. Additionally, two-thirds of the 2017 graduating class had already accepted job offers or placement in graduate schools before taking their finals. Last, statistics from 2016 grads revealed 86 percent of all UA students accepted jobs or entered graduate school three months after their graduation date.