ACE students who complete at least 4 of the approved experiential learning and management experiences listed below can apply to receive the Certificate in Management and Experiential Learning (C-MEL) upon graduation.
Experiences which are not listed below but meet the spirit of the C-MEL will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Lauren Karplus if you are interested in using an unlisted experience towards the C-MEL.
Activities that count towards the C-MEL include:
- Participation in at least 4 "ACE Farm Field Days" excursions
- Participation in industry-sponsored national case-study competitions including NAMA, IFAMA, AAEA, NGA, or similar competitions
- Business or non-profit consulting work through registered student organizations for at least 1 year including but not limited to; ENACTUS, Illinois Business Consulting, and SCNO
- Leadership position in MANRRS
- Representing the ACE department as part of the ACE Ambassador program
- ACE department faculty-led study abroad program such as International Business Immersion Program (ACE 436) or Sierra Leone Study Abroad Program (ACE 499)
- Summer or semester of study abroad in a program with a business/ACE curriculum focus
- Earning academic credit for an internship or research while working with a faculty mentor (ACE 293, 295, or 396)
- Completion of one of the following minors; Business Minor, Leadership Minor, ACES International Minor, or any ACE department minor
- Completion of at least 1 foreign language course beyond the minimum graduation requirement of the 3rd level (high school coursework does not count towards completion)
- Agricultural Policy and Leadership Program (ACE 291) or Farm, Food and Environmental Policy program (ACE 292)
- Participation in campus leadership programs including but not limited to; LeaderShape Institute Program, the Leadership Certificate, Global Leaders: Orange and Blue (GLOBE)