Carthage forms new task force focused on career development
The new Task Force for Career and Professional Development, formed in May 2017, will focus on creating a national model for career and professional development at Carthage.
In July 2016, Carthage commissioned a leading enrollment consulting firm, Ruffalo Noel Levitz, to conduct a study of prospective students and parents about their value perceptions of Carthage and the elasticity of demand when considering Carthage’s sticker price and discounting strategy. The findings from the study indicate the need for Carthage to build a strong and robust strategy around career development activities and the communication of our graduates’ outcomes.
In December 2016, Carthage received $15 million — the largest single gift in its history — from longtime Carthage benefactor Jan Tarble, to fund a distinctive career and welcome center that will equip graduates to thrive in a rapidly changing workforce. This gift provides resources that will enable Carthage to challenge existing conceptions about career services and propose a future that realizes Carthage’s vision to be a national model for liberal arts education.
This initiative is timely given the conversations that are occurring within the broader sector of higher education, especially among small private colleges and universities. In July 2015, the Council of Independent Colleges released a report titled “Career Preparation and the Liberal Arts,” which aimed to provide resources to small private institutions in order to respond to changing demands among prospective students and parents. Carthage’s foray into this area allows the College to draw upon this initial work and also to contribute to these broader conversations with new and innovative ideas.
Task Force Charge
In Spring 2017, Carthage formed the Task Force for Career and Professional Development. This task force exists to think expansively about how best to maximize every student’s experience at Carthage and position each student for a successful and meaningful life after graduation.
The task force will serve as a research team, posing and answering a series of questions related to the structure, programs, learning outcomes, facilities, and resources associated with career and professional development. To answer these questions, the task force will conduct a series of research activities, including performing site visits to exemplar institutions; identifying best practices; conducting interviews with experts in the field; conducting interviews, focus groups, and surveys with campus constituents; and grounding the study through a review of relevant literature. The task force will also serve as a liaison with Carthage and the broader professional community in order to collect ideas, share progress, receive feedback, and ultimately communicate recommendations. The task force is charged by and reports to the President.
- Maham Ali, Class of 2018
- Dan Choffnes, Associate Professor of Biology and Asian Studies
- Julie Dawson, Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance
- Kylee Flister, Recruitment Marketing Coordinator
- Karen Howell, Executive Director of Administration and Community Development
- Laura Huaracha, Associate Professor of Communication and Digital Media
- Greg Huss, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
- Nathaniel Lee, Class of 2018
- Theresa Kevorkian, Executive Director for Institutional Advancement
- Perry Kivolowitz, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
- Thomas Kline (chair), Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
- Dennis Munk, Professor of Psychological Science and Education, Director of the Teaching Commons
- Corinne Ness, Dean for the Division of Arts and Humanities
- Chelsea Niemuth, Class of 2018
- Ryan Polk, Director of Internships and Employer Relations
- Jason Pruitt, Director of Career Development
- Sandy Siira, Director of Human Resources
- Nicholas Winkler, Associate Dean of Students; Director of Student Conduct
- What would a national model for career and professional development look like at Carthage College?
- How can career and professional development be employed to maximize collaboration among internal constituencies and with the external community?
- What is the optimal structure for career and professional development at Carthage?
- How can we develop career and professional development opportunities that build over four years of study?
- What are the learning outcomes for career and professional development and how will we measure these outcomes?
- How can we best track and publicize the career success of our graduates?
- What are current barriers to success, and how can we overcome these barriers?
- What resources will we need to achieve our vision?
Projected Timeline and Deliverables
- May 2017: The task force holds its first meeting and identifies subcommittees.
- Summer: A task force subcommittee begins conducting site visits; all members will start to review relevant literature.
- Fall: The task force will meet bi-weekly, public forums will be held monthly to solicit input from the broader campus community, and a community advisory committee will be convened to inform the task force’s efforts.
- February 2018: The task force will complete and disseminate a written report that answers the research questions.
- March and April: The task force will hold public discussion sessions to gain feedback.
- May: The task force will submit a final set of recommendations to the President’s Cabinet for consideration.