The Increasing Importance of Placement: How to Help Your Graduates Find Jobs (EDU389H)

Presented By: Dr. Aaron W. Hughey
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Event Details
  • Pre-recorded Webinar
  • 60 minutes
  • Wed, March 28, 2018
Event Description

Enhance Your Graduates’ Placement Rates Though Effective Evidence-Based Tools

In the past, colleges and universities have focused on recruitment and retention almost exclusively as measures of efficacy. As economic and employment realities have continued to evolve in response to globalization, diversity, and technology, access to higher education is increasingly seen as the only viable path to a higher standard of living and quality of life for most people. But as graduates complete their programs of study in higher numbers, it is imperative that colleges and universities take a more proactive approach to helping them acquire jobs commensurate with their investment. No gradate should walk across the stage at commencement only to arrive at the unemployment (or the underemployment) line.

This session, by expert speaker Dr. Aaron W. Hughey, will focus on helping colleges and universities (specifically, the administration, faculty and staff) to effectively and efficiently help college graduates secure gainful employment after graduation. You will get a clear understanding of why placement rates are becoming the primary accountability measure in higher education. Aaron will provide a roadmap for implementing evidence-based strategies proven to significantly improve the placement rates of your graduates. This has financial implications for both the individual student as well as the institution that serves them.

Specifically, you will learn how to develop and implement evidence-based best practices to help college students secure meaningful and appropriate employment after graduation. Aaron will discuss the proactive use of networking opportunities, internships, apprenticeships, and intrusive advising/career counseling. This, in turn, will enhance recruitment and retention efforts which will ultimately benefit the institution financially.

Session Highlights

  • Understand historical and evolving accountability measures in higher education
  • Learn the differences between public, private, and for profit colleges and universities
  • Explore the connections between college student recruitment, retention, and placement
  • Analyze emerging career fields that will exhibit significant growth over the next few decades
  • Differentiate between individual and institutional responsibilities when it comes to securing a job
  • Learn how to better align the academic advising and career services units
  • Get best practices in the placement of students after graduation
  • Discover how to track graduates in order to demonstrate institutional efficacy

Who Should Attend

  • Administrators
  • Faculty and staff in student affairs & academic affairs
  • Enrollment management areas at all levels
  • Career services counselors
  • Academic advisors
  • Internship, practicum and apprenticeship coordinators
  • Retention specialists
  • Alumni affairs professionals
  • Anyone associated with assessment and accountability

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About Our Speaker(s)

Dr. Aaron W. Hughey
Dr. Aaron W. Hughey is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where he oversees the graduate degree program in Student Affairs in Higher Education. He is also a member of the President's Task Force on Student Retention at WKU. Before joining the faculty in 1991, ... More info