The Education for a Lifetime Program
Christendom College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (Q.E.P.) focuses on enhancing the student learning environment by integrating students’ career discernment into their liberal arts education. The Q.E.P. emphasizes not only a discernment which builds upon the Liberal Arts in light of the College’s mission but it also ensures that students have basic 21st century research, computer communication and job search competencies.
The plan, called The Education for a Lifetime Program (E.L.P.) is a key component of the Career Development Initiative undertaken by Student Life.
The Education for a Lifetime Program consists of two one-credit courses, one spanning the Freshman through Sophomore years and the
other spanning the Junior through Senior years, that are to be added to the core curriculum (graduation requirements to be increased by two-credit hours).
Each of these courses will consist of:
- a mandatory classroom experience of 10-15 contact hours conducted in the first part of the two-year period
- mandatory six hour workshops regularly spaced over the remaining parts of the two-year period
The courses aim to help the students 1) develop the skills needed to maximize professionalism in the workplace, parish etc.; 2) develop an understanding of themselves; 3) develop a knowledge of the opportunities that the liberal arts education here at Christendom College has provided for them.
Why This Program?
Education for a Lifetime:
Christendom’s Academic and Professional Integration Program
As part of the reaccreditation process the College’ Leadership set out to create a Quality Enhancement Plan (Q.E.P.) which focuses on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution. The plan is being developed through a broad-based involvement of institutional constituencies.
In Fall 2008, under the leadership of the Leadership Team (QEP-LT) appointed by Dr. O’Donnell, the College began a two year consultation process, involving Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni and Members of the Board that resulted in the identification of three possible plans that would improve one of the following:
- Mathematics and Science Education at Christendom College.
- Oral communication skills in Christendom students.
- Career Preparation for students.
In the Summer of 2010, after consultation with the College Community, Dr. O’Donnell decided that our Q.E.P. would be concerned with improvement to Career Preparation at Christendom College.
During the 2010-2011 Academic year, the QEP-LT developed the original proposal into the following form, which is entitled Education for a Lifetime: Christendom’s Academic and Professional Integration Program.
Goals & Outcomes
Measurable Progress of an Enhanced Learning Environment
The goal of Christendom College’s Education for a Lifetime: Christendom’s Academic Career Integration Program is to enhance the student learning environment by integrating students’ career discernment into their liberal arts education.
Specific and measurable learning outcomes have been identified by the QEP-LT. These outcomes were considered by the QEP-LT to embody the goal of the ELP. The student artifacts used to measure the attainment of these outcomes will be created in the Courses and the Faculty Mentoring Program.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the purpose of a Liberal Arts education and how it bears on their future role as men and women who contribute to the Christian renovation of the temporal order.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of leadership and service and how those virtues can be applied in their future lives as faithful, informed, and articulate members of Christ’s Church and Society after graduation.
- Students will demonstrate an awareness of their personality preferences and develop a practical strategy to incorporate that knowledge into their plans for their personal growth here at Christendom.
- Students will develop a personalized Career Portfolio.
The Education for a Lifetime Program
The program is built around two one-credit courses (CCOL 101 and CCOL 301) that have been added to the Core Curriculum. CCOL 101 spans the Freshman through Sophomore years, and CCOL 301 spans the Junior through Senior years. Each of these courses consists of:
- a six-week classroom experience (10-15 contact hrs.) conducted in the first semester of the two-year period
- one six-hour workshop in each of the remaining semesters of the two-year period
CCOL 101 – Education for a Lifetime I:
- six week, twelve-hour classroom component taken in the fall semester of the freshman year deals with topics of:
- The Liberal Arts
- Concepts of Leadership
- Personal Strengths and Interests
- General Research Skills.
- six hour workshop in spring semester of the freshman year
dealing with Interests and the Opportunities for personal growth while at Christendom College
- six hour workshop in the fall semester of the sophomore year dealing with Refining students’ ideas of leadership
- six hour workshop in the spring semester of the sophomore year dealing with Research skills as related to career discernment
CCOL 301 – Education for a Lifetime II:
- six week, twelve-hour classroom component taken in the junior year
deals with topics of:
- The Liberal arts and career paths
- Leadership in the workplace
- Personal strengths, interests, and career fields
- Researching career paths
- six hour workshop in the junior year dealing with developing a personal career plan
- six hour workshop in the fall semester of the senior year dealing with Resume writing
- six hour workshop in the spring semester of the senior year dealing with Interview skills