Posts from "September, 2014"

Gallup Survey Points to the Benefits of Mentoring

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.

Connect to the full column below:

*Thanks to Chip Oscarson for the link.

Experience trumps GPA and College Reputation

The most recent issue of The Atlantic cites a Chronicle of Higher Education study that places experience outside the classroom at a much higher premium than traditional academic achievement measures such as grades and coursework. In this national survey, when it comes to hiring decisions, employers look first to a graduate’s internship and work experience. This should not be taken as a blanket dismissal of academic experience as a factor in professional outcomes (not to mention the more general, and less instrumental, value of undergraduate education). The survey shows that the emphasis on non-academic preparation varies from one industry to another. It also does not account for how selection of major and success in coursework creates college internship and work opportunities in the first place.  

The Atlantic article also contains a link to the full Chronicle survey.

Thanks to Scott Sprenger for the link.