1. Gallup, in partnership with Purdue University, completed a representative study of college graduates earlier this year. The study showed that if graduates felt "supported" during college by professors who cared about them and encouraged them to pursue their goals, their odds of being engaged in work more than doubled, as did their odds of thriving in their well-being. Why do you feel this support in college transitions to success at the next level?
I’m always talking with parents and students when they come in for an orientation or open house, and I tell them to make sure that the student checks in with someone and build some sort of quality relationship. If that person can be a professor, it’s all the better. That provides them someone they can look up to, someone that believes in them and can guide them. This is why we encourage so much high touch with the professors, whether it is Main Campus or online. If the professor can spend time with them and show the student that they care, the student is going to feel supported and feel like they’ve got an inside track. Most of our professors have been out in the work world for a long time and have advanced degrees, so students know that they’re talking to individuals who have been there and done that. This translates to the next level after their education, because these relationships build self-esteem and assurance in the student. If they get approval from a faculty member, and if they have a good quality relationship with them, it builds up their self-worth and lets them know that they can be successful.