Engaged Learning & SET

At RMU learning happens both inside and outside of the classroom. Engaged learning activities that take place outside of the classroom are captured on your Student Engagement Transcript (SET). The SET is an official University endorsement of a student's leadership roles, community service hours, international study trips, internship experiences, and much more. These experiences help students develop core competencies that are essential for successful careers and lives.

RMU values engaged learning and that’s why all undergraduates must complete at least two of the six SET domains in order to graduate. Beginning in Fall 2019, newly enrolled First-Year students and newly enrolled Transfer students must complete Professional Experience or Transcultural/Global Experiences or Undergraduate Research as part of the two-category graduation requirement. Students who complete all six SET domains are eligible for the Gregory G. Dell’omo Renaissance Award, and are recognized at a reception each April.

Questions should be directed to Micah Thompson, Advisor: (412) 397-6430; thompsonm@rmu.edu.

FAQ for Students

What is the SET graduation requirement?

Undergraduates must complete at least two of the six SET domains in order to graduate. Beginning in Fall 2019, newly enrolled First-Year students and newly enrolled Transfer students must complete Professional Experience or Transcultural/Global Experiences or Undergraduate Research as part of the two-category graduation requirement.

How can I become more aware of events for my SET?

Read the weekly "This Week at RMU" email and check REVOLUTION periodically for SET-eligible events. You can find these events easily by filtering by categories starting with "SET".

How can my organization or department host an event for SET?

Create an event in REVOLUTION and send an email to thompsonm@rmu.edu or morton@rmu.edu requesting that the event be made SET-eligible. If approved, the event will be labeled with the appropriate SET event category. IMPORTANT: Please review the examples and criteria on the SET domain pages to ensure the event is eligible before requesting approval.

What is the Arts Appreciation Portfolio

A completed Arts Appreciation Portfolio satisfies the Arts, Culture, and Creativity SET domain.  It entails attending five cultural events/sites - including but not limited to theatrical performances, lectures, art galleries, and museums - and writing a one-page reflection about each one to be reviewed by a faculty member.  When submitting an activity for the Arts Appreciation Portfolio, you should first contact your professor and provide your paper to him or her, then submit the activity for approval through Sentry.  If you have any questions about the eligibility of an event or the content of the paper, please contact us.

How do I submit an activity online?

Click here for instructions on submitting a SET activity through Sentry.  If your activity is not listed as an option in the submission form, email set@rmu.edu with information about the activity so it can be added to the form.  Internships and service hours cannot be submitted online; please contact us for more information.  Tip:  Scrolling below the submission form will allow you to see activities that are in progress, such as Service hours and Portfolio activities.

How can I view my SET online?

Log in to your student Sentry Secured Services account and click on the "View Student Engagement Transcript (SET)" link under the Academic heading.

How do I request an official SET?

To request an official copy of your SET, log in to your student Sentry Secured Services account and click on the "Transcripts" link under the Academic heading. This will take you to the online request form for both official academic transcripts and official SETs. As you complete the form, remember to check the Electronic Signature button at the bottom. Click the "Submit" button when you are finished filling in all of the boxes.

What happens if I complete all six SET domains?

You are now considered a Renaissance student and will receive the Gregory G. Dell'omo Renaissance Award upon graduation!  If you are interested in pursuing the Renaissance Award, please contact us.  This will allow us to appropriately advise you as you complete your SET and properly recognize you at your graduation ceremony.  Please note: Students who earn the Renaissance Award will be recognized in the Spring of the academic year (Summer - Spring) in which they graduate.

Can I request a waiver for my SET?

Students experiencing extenuating circumstances (e.g. debilitating illness or death of an immediate family member) can apply for a waiver or substitution of one or more of the SET categories by completing the Waiver Application Form and providing supporting documentation.  Waiver applications are reviewed by a committee and applicants are notified of the committee's decision in writing.  U.S. military veterans may use their years of service to waive their SET requirement by completing the Waiver Application for Veterans form and submitting their DD-214.

What are important deadlines I should be aware of?

If you are planning to graduate at the end of the current semester and have not yet completed your SET requirement, you should get in touch with our office immediately to create a plan.  All activities will need to be completed a few weeks before final grades are due at the end of the semester.

If you are working on all six domains for the Renaissance award, you should get in touch with our office no later than the beginning of the semester during which you intend to graduate.  This allows us to make sure you are on track, to verify any activities you are finishing, and make sure you are recognized as a Renaissance award recipient in Commencement materials (the deadline is usually in early April).

 

Resources
Policies & Procedures

Graduation Requirements

Undergraduates must complete at least two of the six SET domains in order to graduate. Beginning in Fall 2019, newly enrolled First-Year students and newly enrolled Transfer students must complete Professional Experience or Transcultural/Global Experiences or Undergraduate Research as part of the two-category graduation requirement.

* Students must also meet all of the academic graduation requirements to qualify for a degree (See Undergraduate Graduation Requirements Policy).

Waiver & Substitution Policy

Extenuating circumstances may occasionally prevent a student from completing his or her SET Graduation Requirement. In those exceptional situations, the student may apply for a waiver or substitution of one or more of the requirements. The decision to grant a waiver or substitution of a requirement will be at the discretion of the SET Waiver Committee. 

Waiver & Substitution Procedure

A student wishing to apply for a waiver or substitution of the Student Engagement Transcript (SET) graduation requirement must contact the Office of Student Life to obtain a SET Waiver Application no later than 90 days prior to the expected graduation date. Upon receipt of the completed SET Waiver Application, the Senior Director of the Office of Student Life will appoint three members from the Engaged Learning Advisory Board to the SET Waiver Committee, with at least one member being a faculty member from the student’s academic school. The SET Waiver Committee will review the application materials submitted by the student and render a decision. The student will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision.