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, which is a companion to the academic transcript, is an official University endorsement of a student's leadership roles, community service hours, international study trips, internship experiences, and much more.

The SET will be provided to employers and graduate schools that request a copy of a student's academic transcript. Together, these two documents will demonstrate how a student applies what s/he learns in the classroom to situations s/he encounters beyond the classroom.

Undergraduates must complete any two of the first six major SET categories 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 seven SET categories are eligible for RMU's Renaissance Award, and are recognized at a reception each April.

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

Arts Appreciation Portfolio Update

Update: Complete the Arts Appreciation Portfolio virtually!

See the Arts, Culture, and Creativity category for details.

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FAQ for Students

What is the SET graduation requirement?

Beginning in fall 2019, newly enrolled First-Year and newly enrolled Transfer students must complete Professional Experience or Global/ Transcultural Experiences or Undergraduate Research as part of the two-category graduation requirement. Undergraduate students who first entered RMU prior to fall 2019, must complete any two of the first six categories. 

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

Add our Google Calendar of on-campus SET-related events to your own calendar.

Follow our Facebook (RMUengage) page to get information about events that are happening on and off campus.

Also, check out our resources for information on upcoming events and links to activities in the Pittsburgh area.

What is the Arts Appreciation Portfolio

A completed Arts Appreciation Portfolio satisfies the Arts, Culture, and Creativity SET category.  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 seven SET categories?

You are now considered a Renaissance student and will receive the 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 7 categories 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).

 

FAQ for Faculty/Staff

What is the SET graduation requirement?

Beginning in fall 2019, newly enrolled First-Year and Transfer students must complete Professional Experience or Global/Transcultural Experiences or Undergraduate Research as part of the two-category graduation requirement.  Other undergraduate students must complete any two of the first six SET categories.  The seventh category (Special Recognition) does not count toward the 2-category graduation requirement.

A SET activity was submitted for my approval; what do I do?

When a student submits a SET activity for your approval, you will receive an automated email with a direct link to approve or deny the submission.  You can also access this page by logging in to Sentry Secured Services and clicking "SET Processing" under the Faculty heading.  On this page, you can review all activities submitted to you.  If a student successfully completed the submitted activity to your satisfaction, you can approve the submission.  If the student has not completed the activity, you can decline the submission or let it wait in your queue until the student has completed the activity.  You may also decline activities from students you do no know, or if the activity is not one with which you are familiar/involved.  When you decline an activity in Sentry, the student will receive an automated email telling them to contact the SET Office.

How can I submit an activity for a group of students?

See instructions

What is the Arts Appreciation Portfolio?

A completed Arts Appreciation Portfolio satisfies the Arts, Culture, and Creativity SET category.  It entails attending five cultural events or visiting five cultural sites  - including but not limited to theatrical performances, lectures, art galleries, and museums - and writing a 1-page reflection about each to be reviewed by a faculty member.  When submitting an activity for the Arts Appreciation Portfolio to you, a student should first provide you with his or her paper and then submit the activity for your approval through Sentry.  If you have any questions about the eligibility of an event or the content of the paper, please contact us.

**Any RMU faculty member - regardless of discipline - can review reflections for the Arts Appreciation Portfolio.**

What is considered "Undergraduate Research" for the SET?

Each academic department defines Undergraduate Research, as it varies widely across disciplines.  Please check with your department head about this.  Students typically complete the Undergraduate Research SET category through theses, capstones, and conference presentations.

Can students earn SET credit through a course I am teaching?

Perhaps; please contact us with more information.  Depending on the course and related assignments, students may be able to work toward or satisfy the Undergraduate Research, Professional Experience, Leadership or Service category.

I am hosting an event; how can I add it to your calendar of SET activities?

Please contact us with more information, including the event time, date, location, and a brief description.  If the event is relevant to the SET, we will add it to our calendar.  If your event is added to our calendar, please be sure to update our office immediately if there are any changes.

 

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Graduation Requirements

First-year and transfer students newly enrolled must fulfill Professional Experience or Transcultural/Global Experiences or Undergraduate Research as one of the two SET categories required for graduation.  Other undergraduate students must complete any two of the categories listed below in order to graduate.

In addition, students may receive acknowledgement for other accomplishments under the Special Recognition/Special Projects/Student Activity Participation category. Those accomplishments will be noted on the SET, but they do not fulfill the Student Engagement Transcript (SET) 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 Engaged Learning 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 Engaged Learning & Community Involvement office 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 Engaged Learning & Community Involvement 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.