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In UCLA’s 2012 national survey of college freshmen, 87.9% of respondents named “getting a job” as their top reason for going to college. While the economic climate has increased the pressure on ...

In UCLA’s 2012 national survey of college freshmen, 87.9% of respondents named “getting a job” as their top reason for going to college. While the economic climate has increased the pressure on all institutions of higher learning to demonstrate the value of a college degree, liberal arts colleges have been subject to some of the most intense public scrutiny. How might liberal arts colleges work together to address these concerns?

Two colleges, Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) members Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, are exploring this very question. Last year, Rollins and the University of Richmond drew on career programs they already offered and generated blended learning modules designed to develop and hone students’ skills in personal branding, professional networking, and interviewing. This innovative inter-institutional approach to preparing liberal arts students for life beyond graduation leverages the human, intellectual, and technological resources of both institutions. It also represents the first step towards a much larger initiative intended to deliberately and consciously link career and life planning-related resources within an existing network—the sixteen member institutions of the ACS. Currently, institutions within the regional consortium house and operate their own independent career-related service centers. And, while these offices maintain friendly working relationships with one another, there is no formal mechanism for resource-sharing and collaboration. Colleagues at Rollins College and the University of Richmond saw their pre-existing careers courses as a natural starting point for inter-institutional collaboration within the consortium.

Their initial goal was to link the courses—and, by extension, the student groups who populated them—through several blended learning modules on professional networking and interview practices. In doing so, they aimed to provide students with the opportunity to engage in career-related activities with peers at a sister institution, thus modeling and preparing them for the kind of collaborative, inter-institutional work they will be doing in their professional careers. Additionally, the institutions sought to create a way for students to expand their professional contacts with individuals at another ACS institution. They anticipated that building these networks would, in turn, help students further develop and hone their networking etiquette as well as significantly broaden the scope of their job searches. Since most ACS institutions currently do not have careers courses, Rollins and University of Richmond also envisioned their project serving as a portable course template that could be easily appropriated by other institutions.

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  • Anne The graphic is a hyperlink to: http://social.rollins.edu/wpsites/acsblended/
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  • Beth <br /> Mock Interview Assignments <br /> The second group of assignments involves using an innovative online, practice interviewing system. Students from each school will use this program to conduct and evaluate pre-recorded practice job/internship interviews of their peers from the other institution and provide feedback to improve each other’s performance.
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NITLE Shared Academics - Preparing Students for Life After Graduation: Colleges Collaborate NITLE Shared Academics - Preparing Students for Life After Graduation: Colleges Collaborate Presentation Transcript

  • Preparing Students for Life After Graduation: Colleges Collaborate May 21, 2014 ~ NITLE/ACS Seminar Presenters: Beth Chancy, Assistant Director, University of Richmond Office of Alumni and Career Services Dr. Jana Mathews, Assistant Professor, Rollins College English Department Anne Meehan, Assistant Director, Rollins College Office of Career Services
  • History of Career & Life Planning Rollins College • 1998-2012: INT 1-2 credit Academic and Career Advising Course co-taught by Career Services Staff and an academic advisor • 2008-Present: Discipline-specific career planning courses taught regularly by faculty and Career Services Staff (Careers in Biology, Careers in Health Sciences, Careers in Humanities, Meaningful Life and Productive Career)
  • History of Career & Life Planning University of Richmond • Early 2000s-present: Students must complete two topics in health education as part of their graduation requirement. Topics address health and wellness concerns about: Intellectual, Physical, Social, Environmental, Financial, Values & Ethics, and Emotional. • Career Services offers two courses: Career Exploration (first years and sophomores) Life and Careers after UR (juniors and seniors)
  • What is ACS? The Associated Colleges of the South comprises the following sixteen private liberal arts colleges and universities: Birmingham-Southern College Centenary College of Louisiana Centre College Davidson College Furman University Hendrix College Millsaps College Morehouse College Rhodes College Rollins College Sewanee: The University of the South Southwestern University Spelman College Trinity University University of Richmond Washington and Lee University
  • ACS Blended Learning Opportunity Student Benefits: • Create Opportunity to Network: Desire to make connections, build support network, and hone networking skills • Provide Real Life Interview Practice: Enhance interviewing skills/confidence and simulate real life Skype style interview ACS School Benefits: • Offer partnership opportunity through ACS schools to enhance career courses being offered • Develop career course materials and blended learning experiences to be shared with other ACS schools • Increase ACS school knowledge, partnerships, and connections through online activities, LinkedIn ACS Groups and blog page
  • a) create professional LinkedIn profiles b) critique and offer feedback on their peers’ profiles, c) learn and hone online networking etiquette by connecting with students at each other’s respective institutions, d) join relevant alumni groups, the ACS Students & Alumni Network Group, ACS Career Course Group and other industry groups, e) take part in a series of ACS Networking Group online discussions on career-related topics, and f) compete in team-based LinkedIn scavenger hunts covering job search and career-related topics. LinkedIn Assignments
  • LinkedIn Networking Groups ACS Students & Alumni Network on LinkedIn
  • ACS LinkedIn Group
  • Mock Interviews
  • InterviewStream
  • InterviewStream
  • Practice Interview Peer Review Form
  • ACS Blended Learning Blog
  • Pre-Post ACS Blended Learning Assessment Outcomes
  • Pre-Post ACS Blended Learning Assessment Outcomes
  • Student Feedback – Real deal! What did you learn as a result of creating your LinkedIn profile, joining alumni/industry groups and networking with peers/professionals? • New ways to connect to people in a professional way • Students will have held 5 or more jobs • How to meet others with similar career interests
  • Student Feedback – Real deal! What did you learn as a result of conducting a pre-recorded mock interview and critiquing your peers' performance? • Need to work on confidence • Need to work on verbal pauses • Be less repetitive • Be more personable
  • Student Feedback – Real deal! What did you gain from conducting the interactive peer activities with Richmond and Rollins students? • More confidence • Better ability to objectively evaluate myself • My interview can seem stronger to one person than to another • How important it is to make yourself standout
  • Next Steps: Future for ACS Blended Courses What We Will Keep What We Will Change
  • Q & A Questions and Follow-up: Beth Chancy, Assistant Director, University of Richmond ~ Office of Alumni and Career Services bchancy@richmond.edu Dr. Jana Mathews, PhD, Assistant Professor Rollins College ~ English Department jmathews@rollins.edu Anne Meehan, Assistant Director Rollins College ~ Office of Career Services asmeehan@rollins.edu Blog Page: http://social.rollins.edu/wpsites/acsblended/