September has been a busy and exciting month for uConnect. We’re dedicated to helping move the Career Conversation forward and our participation in a number of recent events is helping us do just that.
Survey: Meeting the Career Needs of the Adult Learner
According to a Gallup/Purdue poll, 86% of learners enroll in programs to advance their degrees. When considering the adult learner, it’s likely this number is even higher. In advance of the upcoming UPCEA Regional conferences, which uConnect is sponsoring and attending, we are asking leaders from online, continuing and professional study programs to participate in a survey on Career and the Adult Learner. The survey was launched last week and will remain open until the UPCEA New England Regional conference takes place. The initial response to the survey has been tremendous, with more than 100 institutions already participating.
If you are involved with an online, continuing ed or professional studies program and would like to see how you stack up against others, you can take part in the survey by going to this link.
Driving Success in Underserved Populations
Kerry Spitze, Assistant Director for Employer Relations, at Ithaca College and David Kozhuk, uConnect’s CEO, will be co-presenting at the New York State Cooperative & Experiential Education Association (NYSCEEA) conference being held on September, 20th.
In their presentation, “Practical Strategies to Engage Underserved Populations” they will share how Ithaca College adopted the uConnect platform to engage and build success in underserved student groups and how it serves as a tool of inclusion. In the session, they will also discuss measures of success as well as additional practical strategies to address underserved populations. If you are planning to be at NYSCEEA, make sure attend this session, taking place at 1:00 – 1:50 p.m. on September 20th.
Using Career to Support Pre-enrolled, Current Students and Strategic Goals
Last week, more than a dozen institutions that are a part of the San Antonio Colleges and Universities Career Center Association (SACUCCA) came together for an executive luncheon sponsored by uConnect and hosted by University of Texas, San Antonio Career Services.
The agenda featured Yvonne Gonzalez, Interim Director of Career Services, who shared the important role UTSA Career Services is playing in supporting pre-matriculated and current students, and also how they are helping UTSA meet the marketable skills goals for the 60x30TX strategic plan.
Yvonne shared how UTSA has implemented uConnect to make it easy for both pre-enrolled and current students to access career content, resources and dynamic, open, career communities, to learn more about career pathways. UTSA also leverages their First Destination Data, through uConnect’s Outcome Visualization Data tool. It provides interactive dashboards that can be used to learn a great deal about the career outcomes different programs have produced. Now valuable insight related to employers, salaries and other key information is easily accessed. This information is equally valuable to those who are considering UTSA and those who are already enrolled. Potential students can use this information to better understand the career potential and it can help lead to their decision to enroll in a UTSA program.
The other big topic of discussion at the luncheon was related to Goal Three (Marketable Skills) of the 60x30TX strategic plan. Public, 4-year institutions in Texas are keenly familiar with the plan and its goals and are working on strategies to meet the requirements set out in this plan. Yvonne shared how UTSA Career Services is supporting Goal Three by using uConnect to make it easy to find the marketable skills associated with each programs.
Supporting the Career Leadership Collective
uConnect was happy to sponsor the Career Leadership Collective accelerator series. This series featured innovative career leaders who shared their insight and experience to help others build greater levels of engagement success. Last week was the third and last installment in the series and featured Branden Grimmett, Associate Provost and Marcy Newman, Director of Campus Partnerships at Loyola Marymount University as they shared how they successfully created a high-impact career experience for their Sophomores to help build engagement. To learn more about the Accelerator Series you can visit the Career Leadership Collective at www.careerleadershipcollective.com.