As an institution of higher learning dedicated to the liberal arts and sciences, Truman State University recognizes the important role that 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 Cocurricular Planning Map 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 Cocurricular Record.
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.