As an institution of higher learning dedicated to the liberal arts and
sciences, Truman State University recognizes the important role out-of-class
experiences play in student development and in enhancing the college experience.
We, therefore, have initiated several strategies to encourage and support
students in their attempts to participate in a balanced array of out-of-class
experiences that support their academic and career goals while helping them
connect with other members of our community.
Although Truman is not unique in recording and recognizing student
out-of-class experiences, there are some aspects of our program which are
unique. For example, our cocurricular records are based on the
which is organized to encourage activities that support desired learning
outcomes and our University Mission. We also provide students with two
methods to keep track of these activities: the
Cocurricular Journal and the
The Cocurricular Journal and the Cocurricular Record are both organized into
the following categories:
- Athletics and Recreational Activities
- Awards and Recognitions
- Creative Works
- Professional Development
The purposes and focus of the recorded experiences are organized into one of
the Four Quadrants of the Cocurricular Planning Map.
The Cocurricular Journal is written by the student and provides an
opportunity for the student to reflect upon the transferable skills, personal
growth and professional growth that resulted from the experience.
The Cocurricular Record is developed for each student primarily by the
University and includes experiences that meet certain criteria. Although
criteria vary somewhat among the categories, generally only experiences that are
designed to achieve University learning outcomes and include opportunities for
reflection and feedback can be included in the Cocurricular Record.
Students have an opportunity to petition the Cocurricular Record Oversight
Committee for inclusion of experiences that are not entered into their
Cocurricular Record by the University.