An Education for Life
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 Education for Life, is a key component of the college’s career development offerings.
The Education for Life 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 classrom experience of approximately 6 contact hours per year
- written homework assignments
- attendane at Life on Tap alumni networking events
- online tutorials and courses through Linkedin Learning and MOOCS
The courses aim to help the students
- develop the skills needed to maximize professionalism in the workplace
- develop an understanding of themselves
- develop a knowledge of the opportunities that the liberal arts education at Christendom College has provided for them
- give the students the confidence they need to excel beyond their peers in their post-graduation pursuits
Goals and Outcomes
Measurable Progress of an Enhanced Learning Environment
The goal of Christendom College’s Education for Life: Christendom’s Academic Career Integration Plan is to enhance the student learning environment by integrating students’ career discernment into their liberal arts education. For each course, there are specific student artifacts which are used to measure the attainment of these outcomes.
- 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.
Internal Survey Results
- I know what I am going to do post-graduation
- 64% agreed/strongly agreed (Class of 2017)
- 73% agreed/strongly agreed (Class of 2018)
- 77% agreed/strongly agreed (Class of 2019)
- I am confident in my ability to write a cover letter/resume
- 76% agreed/strongly agreed (Class of 2017)
- 87% agreed/strongly agreed (Class of 2018)
- 89% agreed/strongly agreed (Class of 2019)
- I am confident in my ability to interview for a job
- 78% agreed/strongly agreed (Class of 2017)
- 83% agreed/strongly agreed (Class of 2018)
- 89% agree/strongly agreed (Class of 2019)
- I have benefitted from the Education for Life course
- 46% agreed/strongly agreed (Class of 2017)
- 67% agreed/strongly agreed (Class of 2018)
- 81% agreed/strongly agreed (Class of 2019)
Course Plan Outline
Education for Life
The academic schedule 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 Life I:
- After freshman year, students will be proficient in:
- Understanding the value of a liberal arts education.
- Thinking about their long-term, and short-term, career-related goals.
- Understanding the many aspects of a career portfolio.
- Knowing about a variety of self-help topics that will help them succeed in college/life
- Writing a “rough-draft” resume.
- Determining their unique personality, strengths and weaknesses.
- Library research skills.
- After sophomore year, students will be proficient in:
- Understanding the 4 steps to career planning.
- 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.
- Searching for career fields that are in line with their interests, temperaments, and personalities.
- Researching summer jobs and internships to better build their resumes.
- Writing a “college student” resume and understanding the basics of writing a cover letter.
CCOL 301 – Education for Life II
- After junior year, students will be proficient in:
- Understanding the importance of networking in finding jobs.
- Creating a complete online LinkedIn profile.
- Identifying two 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.
- Understanding Catholic leadership for the lay apostolate.
- Understanding the importance of credit scores and building credit.
- Researching graduate schools of interest to identify admissions requirements.
- After senior year, students will be proficient in:
- Understanding the job search process and the importance of networking in that process.
- Writing a job-focused cover letter and resume, based on a specific job description.
- Understanding how to prepare for an interview, and how to follow up.
- Understanding how to answer the top ten interview questions for a specific job.
- The basics of Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint.
- Understanding how to ask people to be references, and getting recommendation letters.
- Understanding the basics of: budgeting, buying cars, mortgages, finding housing.