Christendom College

Quality Enhancement Plan

The Education for a Lifetime ProgramQEP-LOGO

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 the College.

The Education for a Lifetime Program consists of two one-credit courses – one spanning the Freshman and Sophomore years and the
other spanning the Junior and Senior years.

Each of these courses consist of:

  • mandatory classroom experience of approximately 6 contact hours per year
  • each class has written homework assignments

The courses aim to help the students 1) develop the skills needed to maximize professionalism in the workplace; 2) develop an understanding of themselves; 3) develop a knowledge of the opportunities that the liberal arts education at Christendom College has provided for them; 4) give the students the confidence they need to excel beyond their peers in their post-graduation pursuits.
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Education for a Lifetime:
Christendom’s Academic and Professional Integration Program


As part of the reaccreditation process, the College’s leadership team 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 was 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:

  1. Mathematics and Science Education at Christendom College.
  2. Oral communication skills in Christendom students.
  3. Career preparation for students.

In the Summer of 2010, after consultation with the College community,  Dr. O’Donnell decided that the Q.E.P. would be concerned with improvement to career preparation.

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. Since that time, a number of aspects of the program have been assessed and the changes that have been suggested by the students have been implemented into the program.

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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. For each course, there are specific student artifacts which are used to measure the attainment of these outcomes.

Outcomes

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Students will develop a personalized Career Portfolio.
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The Education for a Lifetime Program

The program is built around two one-credit courses (CCOL 101 and CCOL 301) that are part of 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:

  • mandatory classroom experience of approximately 6 contact hours per year
  • each class has written homework assignments

CCOL 101 – Education for a Lifetime I:

FRESHMAN

  • Understand the importance of the liberal arts and studying them for their own sake.
  • Review the history of Christendom College, showing the value of Christendom’s liberal arts education as it bears on the students’ future role as contributors to the Christian renovation of the temporal order.
  • Review details of the ELP and an overview of a career portfolio: Cover Letter, Resume, networking skills and interviewing skills, work and leadership experience, references, grad school test and prep, grad school search, job search skills.
  • Learn about the importance of personality and temperaments in happiness in life and career and how each type of personality and temperament gets along with other types.
  • Understand library research methods.
    • After freshman year, students will be proficient in:
      • Thinking about their long-term, and short-term, career-related goals.
      • Understanding the many aspects of a career portfolio
      • Writing a “rough-draft” resume.
      • Determining their unique personality, strengths and weaknesses.
      • Learning how to conduct library and internet research

SOPHOMORE

  • Review aspects of the career portfolio and understand the importance of doing leadership and service activities on/off campus, and how they can impact your resume and future success.
  • Learning to perform online research on various careers.
  • The key elements to writing the perfect resume and cover letter.
  • Using your summer wisely – finding pertinent jobs/internships.
    • After sophomore year, students will be proficient in:
      • Learning the importance of getting involved in on-campus groups, clubs, sports, or activities to improve their leadership and service skills which can strengthen their resumes.
      • Researching the skills, abilities, work experience, and academic background necessary for a variety of selected fields.
      • Writing a “college student” resume.
      • Researching summer jobs and internships to better build their resumes.

CCOL 301 – Education for a Lifetime II

JUNIOR

  • The 4 Steps to Career Planning
  • Insights into networking – LinkedIn, Life on Tap, Career Day, Alumni Mentor Program
  • Understanding the 6 virtues/qualities that make outstanding leaders and their relationship to service in the life of the Lay Apostolate.
  • The importance of Graduate School for success in restoring all things in Christ.
    • After junior year, students will be proficient in:
      • Understanding the importance of the career planning process.
      • Knowing about networking as a means to finding the right job.
      • Creating a complete online LinkedIn profile.
      • Understanding some virtues/qualities that make outstanding leaders and will be able to explain how these virtues/qualities can impact their personal quest for leadership and contribute to the social renovation of the temporal order.
      • Researching graduate schools of interest to identify admissions requirements.

SENIOR

  • Understanding how to search for the perfect job.
  • Understanding a “Job Description.”
  • More on Resume and Cover Letter Writing.
  • Job Interview Success – tips for pre-interview, during the interview, and post-interview.
  • More on how to network with alumni and friends.
    • After senior year, students will be proficient in:
      • Searching online for jobs, for which they are qualified.
      • Writing and submitting job-focused cover letter and resume, based on a specific job description.
      • Understanding how to answer the top ten interview questions for a specific job.
      • Understanding how to ask people to be references, and getting recommendation letters.
      • Identifying three areas of employment in which they are interested post-graduation and then identifying three alumni/friends as networking contacts in each of the three areas.
      • Submitting a well-polished final “recent college grad” resume.

 

 

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