Meeting Minutes – October 7, 2009

Present: Co-Chairs:  Lane B. Neubauer & Lou Lamorte;  Members: Mike Bachman, Jay Boney, Genevieve Carlton, Mary Dorr, Phenix Fraser, Nikki Giannini, Kathi McNichol, Susan Mudrick, Sara Reznor, Julie Valenti.

Absent:  Katie Bogle, Br. Ed Koronkewicz,

  • Explore U updates
    • All FYO’s except for __ have had an Explore U presentation and students in these sections have been introduced to their individualized career development checklist.  Students in all FYO presentations were encouraged to make appointments at the Career Services Center for self assessment and counseling if they were unsure about their current choice of major.
    • The Exploring Liberal Arts ( undecided A&S students) FYO’s have been administered the ‘Self Directed Search’ self assessment with an assignment designed to help them explore interests, values and skills as these relate to possible choices of majors with an assignment designed to help them identify potential major/minor choices and career paths.  Career Services staff will be facilitating a follow up session with these FYO’s students
    • An ‘Explore U’ workshop was presented to all of the AEP students during their pre-session.
  • Career Expo – Majors and Minors Fair – October 29th – 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Hayman Center
    • At the time of this meeting, 58 organizations have signed up to participate.  This includes employers as well as Graduate Schools who offer programs of study not in competition with La Salle’s graduate offerings.
    • Approximately 20 Alumni have volunteered to come and help with the Expo.  They will function as resources to help students navigate the Expo as well as staff the Explore U stations.
    • This year, the Majors and Minors Fair will be a part of the Career Expo rather than a stand -alone event as in years past.  It will be set up as a Majors and Minors section of the Expo.  It is hoped that every Academic Department will have a display.
  • Stage III – Explore U- Experiential Education
    • Most of the meeting centered on the topic of Experiential Education, the importance of it both from the value of how it relates to a Lasallian education as well as in assuring a student is prepared and has relevant experience to be considered valuable to an employer or graduate school.
    • The definition of ‘experiential education’ was discussed.  The Will to Excel notes the aspiration to have 75% of students participating in internships and coops within 5 years.  The committee discussed that experiential education might be defined in a broader sense including experiences such as international study (study abroad), faculty-student research projects, and community service experiences if they meet certain criteria.
      • It was suggested to involve others who have been addressing the issues of ‘theory and practice’ and experiential education in future discussions..
      • Suggested partners in this discussion could be members of the ‘theory and practice’ committee, study abroad coordinator, and the service learning coordinator.
    • Ideas for how to track students’ involvement in ‘experiential learning ‘ were brainstormed.
      • It was suggested that every Academic Department designate a faculty member in charge of ‘experiential learning’. Although most Departments already have done so and those representatives partner with Career Services in arranging for Experiential Learning opportunities for students, this should be consistent across the University.  A student could access assistance in initiating an internship, coop, practicum and/or research experience either through the Academic contact person or the Career Services Center staff member with the latter working to assist the former. A centralized master list could be set up to record when a student is involved in an approved Experiential Learning experience
      • A student could access assistance in initiating an internship, coop, practicum and/or research experience either through the Academic contact person or the Career Services Center staff member with the latter working to assist the former. A centralized master list could be set up to record when a student is involved in an approved Experiential Learning experience.
    • The difficulty in currently tracking how many students are presently involved in ‘experiential education’ was discussed.  Since not all students register these experiences with the registrar’s office and/or record it on Career Services Center’s ExploreNet or even notify their academic departments, it’s hard to get an accurate picture of the extent students are engaged in these types of learning experiences.
      • It was suggested that the Explore U committee contact the Registrar’s office to run a report to see how many students are currently registered for internship and coop courses and compare it to ExploreNet data.
    • A long discussion ensued as to how to further build partnerships between the Academic Schools and Career Services Center in order to address the Will to Excel’s goals to emphasize practical experience as part of a Lasallian Education.
      • It was suggested that Dr. Neubauer approach the committee that is currently examining the Core Curriculum to discuss how ‘experiential education’ might be structured into the Core.
      • Additionally, attending a chair’s meeting with the Dean of Arts and Sciences would be valuable to inform them about these current discussions.
  • The Explore U committee will continue to meet twice a semester.  The next meeting will be December 2, 2009 – 2:30 p.m. – McShain Seminar Room.

Respectfully submitted by Lane B. Neubauer Ph.D.

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