Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Report Shows Employers Value Community-Learning
My department Head, Prof. Diane Musumeci, just passed along an interesting document titled "How Should Colleges Assess and Improve Student Learning: Employers' Views on the Accountability Challenge." Click here to read it.
Spanish & Illinois offers students both community learning as well as faculty-supervised internships--employers' top two picks for assessing recent grads' potential employment success. Our Spanish community service learning courses conclude with lessons on how students can connect their service learning to their job searches in meaningful ways, we teach entrepreneurship, and our summer internships give students very valuable work experience and networking opportunities.
Many of the details in the Spanish & Illinois curriculum were based on my intuition, the faculty development programs I have attended through CIBER and AEL, dialogue with my colleague, Darcy Lear, and hearing my husband talk about his employees and his frustrations when he tries to hire people for his company, ISS, Inc. This report urges me to continue to push students to make explicit connections between their community service learning and their career preparedness.
It's good to see that these are the things that employers--as well as students and their parents--value.