In a recent Op-Ed New York Times columnist, Thomas Friedman, cites Gallup research that bolsters the case for the value of individual mentoring and internship experience for college students.
According to the survey, graduates who had professors “who
cared about them as a person — or had a mentor who encouraged their
goals and dreams and/or had an internship where they applied what they
were learning — were twice as likely to be engaged with their work and
thriving in their overall well-being.”
The data also point to a profound “understanding gap” among college administrators, students, and business leaders. While 22 percent of students claimed to have had meaningful mentoring, college provosts almost universally believed they were successful in preparing students for careers. 14 percent of students and 11 percent of business leaders “strongly believed” graduates were ready for the work force.
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*Thanks to Chip Oscarson for the link.