Burger Flipping or Brain Surgery?The Role of Career Development in a College Success CourseBurger Flipping or Brain Surgery?The Role of Career Development in a College Success CourseMarsha Fralick andBarbara EckenfelsMarsha Fralick andBarbara Eckenfels
Overview•Research on benefits of career development•Improving retention•Increased earnings•Essential components of a career development program•Career development at Lone Star Montgomery
College Success: A Study of Positive and Negative Attrition•The successful student had a definite goal or college major. •Based on this research, a career development component was added to our college success course.
Noteworthy Results•Implementing CollegeScope on college campuses has resulted in a 26% increasein persistence rates!•87% of students had chosen a major by the end of the course•62% of students reported more confidence in their academic skills•88% of students rated the course as good or very good
Benefits of Career Development•Folsom and Reardon examined research on career development from 1920-2003•Based on 17,600 students
Obvious Benefits•Helps students choose a major and career•Increases knowledge of career information•Helps students with decision-making•Students like taking these courses
Career Development Increases:•Internal locus of control•Self-knowledge•Cognitive development•Retention•Graduation rates!
Graduation Rates•4 Year collegesOn average, only 40% graduate in 6 years•Community collegesOn average, only 20% graduate in 3 years
Value of a College Education•A person with a bachelor’s degree earns almost twice as much as a high school graduate.
Critical Elements of Career Development•Career assessments with individual interpretation and feedback•Current and reliable career info•Written exercises to engage students
Critical Element: The Assessments
Career Assessments•Do What You ArePersonality assessment•MI AdvantageMultiple intelligences assessment•Integrated into the interactive online textbook, CollegeScope•Materials personalized for each student based on personality type, learning style and multiple intelligences
Do What You Are•Valid •Reliable•Based on college scenarios that are easy to read and understand•Personality types (I-E, S-N, T-F, J-P)
MI Advantage•Based on Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences•Definition: The human ability to solve