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A-State Creative Commons


A-State Creative Commons Application


Tleadership-medal-smlhe Creative Commons’ mission is to support and recognize innovative curricular and co-curricular work that is interdisciplinary and experiential-based. To be considered interdisciplinary, the work must demonstrate successful integration of two or more distinct disciplines, while the process of experiential learning should help advance one or more of the following professional skills: 

  • Thoughtful integration of academic knowledge applied in a practical setting.
  • Refined interpersonal skills to interact effectively with clients, coworkers, and supervisors.
  • Analytical and organizational skills and understandings necessary to produce a deliverable.
  • Knowledge of community and global solutions.
  • Demonstration of service-minded thinking.

  • Who can apply?

    Faculty and university leaders may apply or refer students for recognition

  • What are examples of work that meets these criteria?

    Examples of distinctive work that may go beyond curricular or co-curricular expectations AND exposes students to real world, professional skillsets include but is not limited to: research projects, development, publications, design work, community involvement, presentations, and product development.

  • What are the application types?

    A-State Referral: Faculty or university leaders seeking special recognition for student(s) whose curricular or co-curricular work goes beyond the typical classroom experience and meets the spirit of the Creative Commons mission (interdisciplinary and experiential) may select this option.

    Impact Teams: Faculty, students, industry, and/or community partners who have completed or are seeking interdisciplinary teams to solve real-world problems that have an impact on A-State or the larger community may select this option. Impact Team membership is open to, and encouraged for, faculty and students of any major, interest, or background. Impact Team projects must be:

    • Interdisciplinary in nature
    • Sponsored by a faculty or university leader
    • Real-world applicable
    • Result in a tangible outcome

    A-State Signature Courses: Faculty may apply to have his or her course designated as an A-State Signature Course for any course that is specifically designed to meet the Creative Commons mission of interdisciplinary in content or instruction and are experiential-based.

  • What is the process for seeking support and/or recognition?

    Interested faculty and university leaders may apply to receive (1) support and/or (2) recognition for innovative curricular or co-curricular work that is interdisciplinary in content or instruction and is experiential-based as defined in the mission. There are three types of application available to meet the diverse nature of faculty and student work. Please refer to the Application Section to determine which application type is the best fit. Applicants may apply at the start or conclusion of a project. Those seeking support should apply beforehand. The board has access to interested students from various disciplines as well as campus and community resources. Those seeking only recognition may opt to apply after the conclusion of a project.

    If students are selected for academic distinction, they will be expected to complete a capstone experience to summarize and reflect on their merit. The capstone ensures students have a culminating experience and provides an avenue for the Advisory Board to assess the student learning outcomes as stated in the mission. Capstones range from reflective journals to presentations and are determined in conjunction with the referring party.

  • How is academic distinction awarded?

    Students and their supporting faculty may earn one or all of the following: Digital merit badges, prominent graduation medallions, and A-State transcript recognition in the categories of Community, Global, Entrepreneurial, and Research & Creative Works as well as A-State Signature Course distinction.

  • What is the format of a typical Creative Commons meeting?

    The meetings are collaborative in nature and are consist of a general and open conversation about the proposed work/recognition.

    • Applicant will be asked to describe the project and explain how the proposal fits the Creative Commons mission.
    • Committee will ask questions to better understand the proposal and to ascertain what support can be provided. Support may be offered in terms of student or community involvement and campus resources. If approved, an advisory board member will be appointed to serve as a liaison to the project to offer additional encouragement.

  • How is the Creative Commons managed?

    Oversight of the Creative Commons is managed by interdisciplinary campus advisory board comprised of a diverse faculty and university leader representation.