Meeting Minutes – December 1, 2008

Meeting Minutes

Present: Co Chairs: Lane B. Neubauer, Lou Lamorte; Members: Teri Ceraso, Kate Cook, Penny Grob, Jim Gulick, Meryl Gurmankin, Peg McCoey, Liz Scofield
Absent: Margaret Lowenthal, Marc Moreau, Jim Rook

  • Minutes from the October 13th Career Services Advisory Committee were reviewed and approved.
  • The CSAC was given a summary on the current status of the Explore U model.
    • All 2008 freshmen have been involved in the first stage of the Explore U model in a variety of iterations. Some have been administered the Self Directed Search in their FYOs followed by a second class period for discussion focused on how results relate to choice of majors. Some had one period for self assessment with no in-class discussion. Others were oriented to the Explore U model in their FYOs and given the option to set up appointments in the Career Services Center for self assessment. Currently, data is being collected in all FYO sections to assess success of the various versions of the model as it relates to the goals for the first stage of the model (i.e. confidence in current choice of major and or decision making for choosing a major).
    • Sophomores from last year’s pilot have been targeted in a variety of ways to try to re-engage them in the second stage of the Explore U model. This has been challenging as these students are not grouped in one particular class. Communication is dependent on emails and other targeted announcements to which students haven’t consistently responded. It seems that for the model in its upper stages to work effectively, Explore U may need to be integrated into the curriculum, similar to how the School of Business structures its upper level classes (for example, Bus. 203 which requires resume development and review). In addition, the need for initiatives targeted toward sophomore success and retention have been discussed in the Explore U meetings.
    • The Explore U focus for junior year is “experiential education.” The Explore U team has been discussing how to integrate Explore U with the work being done within the faculty to promote experiential education with La Salle’s students. In the Explore U team, it was suggested that each academic department have a point person who would be the contact for students looking to explore experiential education opportunities ( i.e. internships, co-ops, research, study abroad, etc.). Career Services Center would then partner with the designated academic department contacts to assist and support students in becoming involved in these experiences as well as to serve as liaison with Alumni Relations to develop experiential education opportunities through Alumni. This is an idea that needs to be brought forward to Academic Affairs.
  • Career Expo summary
    • 525 students attended (20% freshmen, 12% sophomores, 27% juniors, 31% seniors, 5% graduate students, 4% alumni).
    • 90 employees and/or graduate schools attended.
  • Alumni Mentoring
    • Lou Lamorte and Jim Gulick are working together to strengthen opportunities for Alumni mentoring with current students and integrating information about alumni into eXplorenet.
    • Alumni could also be utilized to provide programming and networking.
      • “Post Undergraduate Awareness Week” – alumni who are currently in graduate school.
      • Academic clusters career panels i.e. Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences.
      • “Meet the Professionals” similar to School of Business’s Executive on Campus model.
  • Majors and Minors Fair is scheduled for February 19th, 2008 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Spring Semester CSAC meeting dates – to be determined.

Respectfully submitted by Lane B. Neubauer Ph.D.

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