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The Liberal Arts and 21 st Century Careers A View from Liberal Arts Colleges Stanton Green Dean McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences Monmouth University Rethinking Success Wake Forest University April 2012
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  • The Liberal Arts and 21 st Century Careers A View from Liberal Arts Colleges Stanton Green Dean McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences Monmouth University Rethinking Success Wake Forest University April 2012
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  • MY CASE: THE LIBERAL ARTS ARE ALL ABOUT PREPARING STUDENTS FOR CAREERS. THE ISSUE IS MAKING THIS CLEAR TO OUR STUDENTS, AND THE PUBLIC THE CORPORATE WORLD ALREADY KNOWS THIS.
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  • TO DO THIS WE NEED TO MOVE FROM: Typical Perceived Career Path of a Liberal Arts Major DisciplineAcademiaNon-ProfitNGOState Agency Self Employed Corporate
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  • DisciplineAcademiaNon-ProfitNGOState AgencySelf EmployedCorporate
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  • Why the Recommended Career Path?? Because that is where many if not most of the Jobs and Careers are --
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  • Where Do Liberal Arts Majors Find Jobs? Well It really depends on where they look for them - Case Example: Anthropology Masters Graduates
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  • How do we convince faculty to advise students toward the the opportunistic path?
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  • Have the Faculty read Frank Donoghues The Last Professors Fear Tactic
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  • Writing in 1842, Francis Wayland, president of Brown University, offered an astonishingly prescient speculation about the future of American higher education. If the colleges did not provide the training desired by the mercantile and industrial interests, he argued, businesses would set up their own competing schools. Prediction of McDonalds University
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  • the university does operate like a business, but more radically, it serves as a comprehensive and uniform credentialing service for all business interests. Thorstein Veblen 1912
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  • The doorway to a well education person & A well prepared career path. OR Convince the Academy and the Professoriate that the Liberal arts can be both
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  • It seems impossible for students not to think of jobs and careers as the price of a college education escalates and they plan for a life of work after graduation. Faculty in the humanities cannot help resenting a corporate culture that has permeated universities, often marginalizing their disciplines and managing their work lives Student vs. Faculty Views
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  • From the late 1980s through the mid1990s, when three-fifths of undergraduate degreeswere awarded in professional programs, almost half of new hires continued to be in the arts and sciences fields. The corporate world seems to understand that the liberal arts are doing the job it is ironically the academy that seems not to. Perceptions Aside - Who actually is Being Hired?
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  • Examples PNC Bank Wall Street Journal Article (April 5 2012) Companies say they need flexible thinkers with innovative ideas and a broad knowledge base derived from exposure to multiple disciplines. While most recruiters dont outright avoid business majors, companies in consulting, technology and even finance say they are looking for candidates with a broader academic background
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  • Which Company has been consistently the largest Employers of College Graduates?
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  • From their Web Page: Regardless of university major or professional experience, nearly 100% of our employees start out as Management Trainees allowing everyone to learn the business from the ground up. As you progress, you can continue along that managerial track or you can explore other exciting opportunities outside of rental. Enterprise Rent-A-Car
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  • What Do We need to Do in the Classroom Move from Content to Context driven learning (Colleges that Change Lives)
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  • With a focus on explicating the Skills and Competencies that students learn in liberal arts classes
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  • Recruiters want graduates who have the requisite skills to be able to perform and to learn on the job and therefore have excellent career potential
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  • Employers are not usually interested in what students majored in They want to know What students can do and & What they have done That are related to the job for which they are applying
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  • Do Liberal Arts Students Have the Necessary Skills? It depends on who you ask.
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  • Faculty Assessment of Student Skills
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  • Faculty and Student Perceptions of Student Skills Rated as good to extremely good
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  • Reality may Lie Somewhere Between these Perceptions
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  • Consider the kinds of questions asked by HR offices when screening candidates for entry level position And think about these in terms of the kinds of learning objectives we have for liberal arts curricula
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  • Taken Directly from HR interview screening sheets When Reading, can you Identify the main facts and ideas? Identify cause and effect relations? When Writing, can you Demonstrate concepts in a variety of settings? When Listening, can you Distinguish fact from opinion? Skills Questions
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  • When Speaking, can you Concisely report factual information accurately Effectively express your opinion When working with data, can you Construct graphs? Interpret graphs? Can you work effectively as a team member? Can you work effectively as a team leader? A few more skills
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  • So How Do We Bring the Liberal Arts and 21 st Century Career Preparation Together?
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  • 1.Chair: Develop Career Advisement Modules 2.Dean: Integrate Career Advisement within curricular advisement structure 3.Dean: Coordinate Academic and Career Services Offices 4.Chair: Coordinate Skills, Syllabi and curricula The School of Humanities and Social Sciences Career Advisement Initiative
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  • The Departmental Level: Career Advisement Modules Examples Career courses FAQs on careers for all advisors Department career fairs and networking events
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  • Merge Department Advisement Coordinators & Career Advisement Coordinators Restructuring of Advisement
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  • One example: Convince career services that: Liberal Arts Job Fairs should grow to include corporations Networking events such as those used for Business majors work as well for liberal arts students. Coordinate Academics with Career Services
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  • At the Course Level Explicating Skills in Course Syllabi
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  • AssignmentSkill a. Short response paperWhen writing: demonstrate concepts in a variety of settings b. Research PaperWhen Reading: analyze information from documents/ draw conclusions Example 1: English Capstone Course
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  • AssignmentSkill Construct Poster for SymposiumInterpret and Communicate data and results Conduct survey and analyze dataConstruct and Interpret charts and Statistics Example 2: Psychology Thesis Course
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  • ObjectivesSkills Become familiar with an Work within an organization: Employment settingunderstand structure Example 3: Psychology Field Course
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  • AssignmentSkill Keep detailed journalDemonstrate writing in a variety of settings Excavate a pit; survey a FieldTeam membership/leadership Map square or fieldConstruct chart Maintain inventory ofUnderstand budgeting concepts Equipment and supplies Identify and analyze artifactsData analysis and Interpretation Archaeology Field School
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  • Some tangible outcomes
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  • Good: Chairs started to think about the Career Advisement as part of what they normally think about as Advisement Slow: Some Chairs hesitant/resistant to being involved in job preparation. Good: Student Services and Academic Affairs starting to speak the same language i.e. translating job search talk into career preparation and how this ties into academic programming Slow: Recent career fair included no corporations, rather the Marines, the NJ Cops, the Secret Service and a Mental Health Services Agency Some good, some slow
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  • The provost reassigned the networking/career consultant from the Business school the the School of Humanities and Social Sciences The Trustees have begun to realize the utility of the liberal arts in terms of their corporate mindset (vast majority from corporate world, a few from medical, legal and other professions). Culture Change at the University Level
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  • Thank you very much for your attention
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  • Skills Correspond To What the Positions Require How many Dickens Novels Do You Have to Read to Demonstrate that You Can: 1.Read Critically 2.Effectively Present Your Argument Verbally 3.Provide an Effective Written Presentation of Your Position 4.Accurately Depict a Storys Time Line
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  • What Expectations Are You Expected to Meet?
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  • Liberal Arts in the News A mother speaks her mind and no one responds!!! What Governor Scott Believes!!!
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  • Do You Believe Philosophy Majors Can Find Jobs??? A Rhetorical Question
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  • M ONMOUTH U NIVERSITY S TUDENTS WITH BA, BS WITH DEFINITIVE PLANS FOR EMPLOYMENT OR POST GRADUATE SCHOOL AT COMMENCEMENT 2011
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  • Monmouth University Masters students reporting full time employment at Commencement 2011
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  • Masters Degrees in Anthropology
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  • Why Not GPA? GPA is Important But Most Often as a Threshold Requirement Do you have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA?
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  • 1.Chairs Retreat (the preceding slides) 2. Faculty and Student Surveys What we did to move this agenda
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  • Culture Change: Up and Down
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  • Issues We Have Encountered as We Proceed with the Program List issues here Amplify on some on following slides
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  • Id say Microsoft and Google have a lot in common. Microsoft never had the Humanities and the Arts in the DNA. Its pure technology company. And they just didnt get it. Even when they saw the Mac they couldnt even copy it well. How dumb do you have to be to not see it, once you see it? You know? But Googles the same way. They just dont get it. - Steve Jobs What Steve Jobs had to say -
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  • Thank you very much for your attention