“Students who are able to build strong relationships with professors are far more likely to find engaging work after graduation, according to Gallup-Purdue polls.” https://lnkd.in/gSuzhcjP -those who believe a professor cared about them as a person, made them excited about learning, & encouraged them to pursue their dreams had more than double the odds of being engaged at work & experiencing a higher degree of well being overall, these studies find.

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…only 3% of grads reported having the kind of positive experiences in school that these studies find to be valuable.

At WMU, we do better than 3%. Why? My answer: faculty are obsessed with student success.

Another study:
Students who choose to specialize are having better experiences than those who stay generalist. They also found that professors have the most influence on major.

Secretary Miguel A. Cardona called college rankings “a joke,” & took aim at selective colleges’ obsession w/ them…https://lnkd.in/gv_vZ4k9. I have been talking to high schoolers & the parents also appear to be too focused on rankings. Pay attention to what matters most- not rankings!…especially at the undergrad level.

From me: if you are a student majoring in something, but your school is not on some list, do not worry about it! I am 99.9% certain that you are still getting a world class education that is extremely comparable to the schools on the list. In fact, in some ways, you might be getting a better education (i.e., smaller classes, closer mentors, better ROI maybe, etc.). Note also, all rankings are somewhat dubious and suspect. At the undergraduate level, pay less attention to the brand and reputation of the school, and pay attention to your major (i.e., does demand exceed supply which means you will have multiple job offers upon graduation) and make great decisions while you are in school (i.e., work experience, networking, grades, passing a drug test, build your brand, etc.).

Employers: trust me, you can find world class student talent at the unranked schools that are every bit as good (and you should if they are regional). Aim towards 5+ core schools. Also, you will have less turnover if you stay a little regional. I meet these students all the time and they have sooo much to offer. Employers owe it to themselves to recruit the best talent from multiple schools. Yes, it requires more effort and expense, but it will keep your org fresh and current. I know of one org that exclusively recruits from only two schools and over time the weaknesses of those two schools became this org’s weakness (they got behind on data analytics!). So predictable.


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