Issue #4: Students Aren’t Taking Advantage of All of Our Resources

Issue:

Most students prefer to work online. Under the current technology infrastructure, students are faced with the problem of having to “know what they don’t know” in order to find and access the appropriate career learning content on the website.  Often times, they miss out on critical content they just did not realize was there or were unable to find.

Solution:

Adopt TuaPath to provide 24/7 online access to all students with a directed learning pathway to success.  Using this online pathway provides students with the certainty of what to do and when, with the online support of career center counselors who can track and give feedback on their progression toward career readiness.  Organizing the Career Learning Objectives (CLO’s) in a directed pathway also avoids critical content from being missed or overlooked. TuaPath provides a very organized structure where counselors and students come together in order to have great learning outcomes.

Outcome

Currently all CSU students have access to “RAM Career Ready,” CSU’s Career Learning Path to Success.  The resources once only on the website are now organized and presented in a way that is user-friendly and doable, making it easier for students to find and engage the CLO content in a meaningful way.

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Background

The Colorado State University Career Center is a large office that serves the majority of the CSU student body including 9 colleges and nearly 30,000 students.  The center has spent considerable amount of time in the preparation of content and processes to make sure that the student body is adequately prepared for their career.  Even though the CSU Career Center is one of the busiest in the country, Jeremy Podany is determined to make sure that the learning content is not only made available to those who come in for appointments, but available to all of the students.  One of Jeremy’s clearly stated goals at the Career Center is to make sure that all of the CSU students have a plan for career when they leave the University.

Issue

: Quite possibly the single most encompassing issue faced by career centers throughout the US is the challenge of giving meaningful access to all students when the counselor/student ratio ranges anywhere from 1:250 up to 1:5000 in the larger institutions.  It is easy to understand that although meaningful access is important, without increasing staffing levels, it is simply unrealistic.  Thus, many colleges and universities depend heavily on their website to disseminate critical information.

Jeremy Podany realized that this was an issue and knew that simply providing links on a website to career learning content was not enough to actively engage the students.  The issue doesn’t necessarily lie only in the fact that websites create a somewhat random assortment of learnings, it lies also in the fact that a student who visits the website to get ready for a career is somehow required to already “know what the student needs to know” in order to search for the right content–knowledge the typical undergraduate student does not have.  Thus, the question is, “How does the Career Center not only organize the learning content, but put it in a ‘directed learning path’ teaching the student what they need to learn and when, so that all students can access the content in a meaningful way?”

Solution

CSU adopted TuaPath to provide 24/7 online access to ALL students with a directed learning pathway to success.  Using this online pathway provides students with the certainty of what to do and when, with the online support of career center counselors who can track and give feedback on their progression toward career readiness.  Organizing the CLO’s in a directed pathway also avoids critical content from being missed or overlooked, as was the case with general web content.  In addition, TuaPath provides an ability to customize paths based on major or concentration.  Thus, when a student registers and selects their major, their custom career path is populated based on the CLO’s for their specific major.  In this way, all students have meaningful access to CLO’s, regardless of their career path choice. Additionally, the platform integrates into the website allowing for a clear entry into the student’s specific career learning pathway.

Outcome

Currently, all students at CSU have access to a directed career learning pathway that is customizable based on their major.  They no longer need to navigate the career center website on their own, wondering where to begin, deciding what is truly necessary versus merely suggested, or risking missing out on critical content. TuaPath provides a very organized structure where counselors and students come together in order to have great learning outcomes while maximizing access and maintaining meaningful progression toward career goals.

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