get real beyond the classroom

REAL Tide (Record of Engagement & Learning) is a comprehensive reflection of a student’s transformative engagement and learning experiences at The University of Alabama. This record, coupled with the academic transcript helps our students track growth in key areas that resonate with employers and graduate schools. In addition to an academic degree, employers and graduate programs can look to our UA students to provide experiences beyond the classroom and knowledge that can be applied to everyday situations.

Engagement Waves

The engagement and learning experiences are focused within five central areas, the Engagement Waves. REAL Tide tracks growth in five waves:

Global and Intercultural Learning

Holistic Development

Community Service & Engagement

Leadership Development

Experiential Learning

In addition to a focus on areas of emphasis, our goal is for students to gain transformative knowledge. As students participate in activities, take on leadership roles, or have new experiences, Real Tide tagged experiences provide students with three levels of integration: Discovery, Engagement, and Transformation. Staff will look for evidence of growth in their students to determine the integration level.

More information on REAL Tide is coming soon!