This categorization is directly concerned with the association of Centers for Experiential Learning with the bureaucratic and departmental structure of the institution and the type and mission of the university to which they belong. One area of Experiential Learning Centers are those associated with career services or career developmental centers, thus emphasizing the importance of experiential learning for job skills and attaining a career. Another group of such centers is associated with schools that require repeated technical practice for proficiency such as medical universities and law and business schools. While the third association of experiential learning centers is with innovative and excellence in teaching and learning programs. Links to the Centers for Experiential Learning that represent each area of categorization are listed below.
These Experiential Learning Center programs are associated with career services or career developmental centers, thus emphasizing the importance of experiential learning for job skills and attaining a career. Experiential learning is focused on internships and job training often stressing the placement of students in actual jobs post graduation.
Perhaps the largest number of Experiential Learning Centers are associated with medical universities, business schools and law schools. By their very nature these schools emphasize repeated technical practice in order for students to become proficient. Doctors “practice medicine” and lawyers “practice law” after all, so it is not surprising that experiential learning is at the heart of these institutions. Business schools also have increasingly adopted experiential learning pedagogy, particularly business simulations, to better equip their students
These Experiential Learning Centers are associated with excellence in teaching centers or innovative teaching and learning programs. While perhaps tactically less practical or trade/career focused, unlike the first two categories that emphasize job skills or career practice, these centers' emphasis on innovative teaching cuts across all disciplines and seems more generally aligned with the core mission of most liberal arts institutions.