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WHAT IS THE QEP (CAREER LITERACIES AND CAREER COMPETENCIES: PUTTING CARE BACK INTO CAREER)?

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) focuses on Career Literacies and Career Competencies in four key areas: Career Awareness, Career Knowledge, Financial Literacy, and Communication Skills.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

These measures allow the school to better guide students toward their ideal program and, ultimately, a career. Sullivan strives to ensure students are not only fully prepared to enter their chosen field but are also set up to be successful long-term in their careers.

HOW WILL IT HELP STUDENTS?

  • Assessments administered to new enrolling students will help narrow down program/career choices and allow the school to provide students with good, solid guidance.
  • Courses will present in-depth and focused information about potential careers.
  • Online web service “Career Coach” will provide comprehensive data about careers
  • Career Services is focused on helping students land a career
  • Short course modules built into required courses teach students how to make informed financial decisions
  • Students have more opportunities to put learned material into action via externships

THESE INITIATIVES:

  • Further prove Sullivan’s dedication to our students
  • Ensure graduates are positioned for career success
INTRODUCING QEP

INTRODUCING THE SULLIVAN UNIVERSITY QUALITY ENHANCEMENT PLAN

Throughout your program of study, you’ll be hearing people talk about the QEP. They’ll be referring to Sullivan University’s new Quality Enhancement Plan. The QEP is titled “Career Literacies and Career Competencies: Putting Care Back into Career”, and it’s all about a set of initiatives designed to prepare you for a successful transition into a satisfying and rewarding career. This transition, of course, can only happen after you graduate – so you’ve got to graduate – but the QEP initiatives will help get you ready for that big day and for the career that will soon follow. There are several ways students, faculty and staff can get involved. After reading more details about how Sullivan is putting CARE back into career, check out the QEP link under Campus Resources in the Student and Faculty Portal for details on how you can get involved!

So what are these QEP initiatives that we’re calling “Career Literacies and Career Competencies”? There’s actually four of them – expanded Career Awareness, increased Career Knowledge, heightened Financial Literacy, and enhanced Communication Skills. And they’ll be kicking in from the moment when a new student starts the admissions process at Sullivan. I know you’re thinking, “I’m not a new student – I’m already here – so what’s this got to do with me?” Just follow this for a minute as we take a look at the admissions process. Sullivan University has a long-standing reputation as a career-oriented school – in other words, students come here specifically to get the preparation they need for a satisfying and rewarding career. And many students come to Sullivan University knowing exactly what career they’re interested in. But not all students are so absolutely certain when they arrive at Sullivan. Some new students bounce around from program to program before they settle into one that’s a comfortable fit with their personal characteristics and their aspirations. And all this bouncing around leads, unfortunately, to the accumulation of unneeded course credits and undesirable debt. We really want to avoid this and get all students into their ideal program of study as quickly as possible, so here’s what’s going to happen in the admissions process. New students applying to Sullivan University are going to take a short career-preference test called the Holland assessment. This test scores the new student on six career-oriented personality aspects: Doer, Thinker, Creator, Helper, Persuader, and Organizer. The scores that the new student receives on these six career-oriented personality aspects will be linked to a list of potential careers that are particularly good matches for these scores. And these potential careers will be linked to relevant programs of study at Sullivan. The Sullivan University Admissions Officers will review the Holland assessment scores with the new student and help them in the process of selecting a program of study at Sullivan.

This will be a really nice benefit for new students coming to Sullivan, knowing that they want to get started on the road to a satisfying and rewarding career but not really sure what that career might be. This process will help to narrow down the choices and offer some good, solid guidance. And it will be coming from an objective, analytical assessment that has a track record of success. A new student, of course, might also get career advice from a high school counselor, or a teacher, or a coach, and a lot of advice is available from friends – and from parents, too! But it would be great to complement all of this with the guidance available from an objective, impartial, and proven test like the Holland assessment.

And what about those students arriving at Sullivan University knowing perfectly well what career they’re aiming for? Imagine the comfort and confidence that they will feel when their plans are supported and reinforced by the Holland assessment results. They will head into their programs of study reassured that they have found the perfect match at Sullivan University.

QEP initiatives will be rolled out each quarter. To find out more about the specific QEP initiatives, please visit the Student Portal QEP link under Campus Resources. Watch for the Career Connections QEP newsletter for specific examples of how faculty, staff and students are Putting CARE back into Career!

QEP IN THE REAL WORLD

THE SULLIVAN UNIVERSITY QUALITY ENHANCEMENT PLAN TAKES ON THE REAL WORLD

I’m sure you know, by now, that Sullivan University has rolled out a new Quality Enhancement Plan. We call it the “QEP”, but its real title is “Career Literacies and Career Competencies: Putting Care Back into Career”, and it’s all about a set of initiatives designed to prepare you for a successful transition into a satisfying and rewarding career. There’s actually four initiatives making up the QEP’s focus on “Career Literacies and Career Competencies”. They are expanded Career Awareness, increased Career Knowledge, heightened Financial Literacy, and enhanced Communication Skills. Let’s begin by talking about expanded Career Awareness. You already know something about the Holland assessment and how the Admissions office will be using that assessment to help new students select a program of study that’s a good match for their individual personalities and interests. And you know about the “Career Coach” web service where you will be able to find important information about different careers. And you’ve heard something about the Sullivan University Career Services people and the job fairs and excellent workshops that they run to help you prepare for your career (be sure to take advantage of these as soon as you can so you’ll get the maximum benefit).

Now, let’s take a look at a couple of other QEP initiatives. How about increased Career Knowledge? You’re probably aware of the fact that many Sullivan University programs focus on career opportunities. This QEP initiative will push for more investigative activities that increase Career Knowledge. Career-relevant skills such as critical thinking and problem solving are, perhaps, learned best when put into context of the specific industry needs and expectations.

By having opportunities to hear from guest speakers in the field, follow leaders of your chosen industry, research trends and case studies, you can hone your career relevant skills that make sense in the real world. The ability to identify and evaluate issues and work collaboratively with classmates to help you build important skillsets are needed in your field of study. Having a foundational skillset to move from theory to practice is exactly the sort of thing that QEP initiatives is all about and future employers will be looking for. Heightened Financial Literacy – what’s that all about? You’re probably thinking, “Money good. No money bad.” That’s the basic idea, and that’s why you’re getting a college degree – so make sure you graduate! But the real world, of course, is more complicated – isn’t it always? In order to be successful in your career – and in your personal life also – you need to know how to make informed and effective decisions about the financial resources at your disposal and the financial services that you have available to you. You need to understand how credit cards operate, and loans, and mortgages. And you need to understand the effects of interest rates and credit scores, and how to handle of debt and savings, and how to think about investments. It gets kind of complicated, but with a little preparation, you can be ready to deal with these issues in the real world. The QEP will build your heightened Financial Literacy through a series of short course modules offered by USA Funds Life Skills. These modules will be embedded in required courses, so you’ll pick them up on the way to your degree. Be watching for them, and make the most of them when they come along. All of these Financial Literacy and Career Knowledge activities will make you better prepared for the real world, where you can enjoy a satisfying and rewarding career. But that will only happen if you graduate – so make sure you graduate!

CAREERS WITH QEP

LEARNING ABOUT CAREERS WITH THE SULLIVAN UNIVERSITY QUALITY ENHANCEMENT PLAN

You may have heard a little bit about Sullivan University’s new Quality Enhancement Plan, or the “QEP”. The QEP is titled “Career Literacies and Career Competencies: Putting Care Back into Career”, and it’s all about a set of initiatives designed to prepare you for a successful transition into a satisfying and rewarding career. There’s actually four initiatives making up the QEP’s focus on “Career Literacies and Career Competencies”. They are expanded Career Awareness, increased Career Knowledge, heightened Financial Literacy, and enhanced Communication Skills. The QEP initiatives will be rolled out gradually and implemented over the next 4 years. What I mean is that you probably won’t wake up one morning and say, “Wow! The QEP happened.” But over the next few quarters, you should notice that changes are gradually taking place – changes that are equipping you with some tools to explore career options (if you’re not certain about your career goals) and empowering you with more knowledge about the career that you’ve decided upon. You already know something about the Holland assessment and how the Admissions office will be using that assessment to help new students select a program of study that’s a good match for their individual personalities and interests. Here are a few other things that will be happening to reach the goal of expanded Career Awareness:

All first quarter courses (to the extent possible) will include exercises that will challenge you to think more intentionally about careers and enable you to learn more about your selected career. Some of these exercises will make use of a new web service called the “Career Coach”. This web service collects and displays all kinds of data about different careers. These data include the number of people who currently have local jobs in any particular career field, how many of them are approaching retirement age (think about opportunities opening up), how many job openings have been posted recently, and the typical hourly pay rate for someone in that career field at the entry-level, at the senior-level, and the average pay rate. Imagine how much you can learn about careers by paying attention to these numbers. This is an important aspect of career awareness.

But, as you know perfectly well, numbers are not the whole story. In the introductory course in every program of study, we also plan to have someone who is currently working in that career field come in to talk to the class about what that career’s really like. This person will give you a real-life feel of what it’s like to work in that career – typical tasks, assignments, working conditions, and responsibilities. And, of course, they will also tell you why it’s crucial that you complete your college degree in order to ensure your success in the career. All of this information is also a very important part of career awareness.

And you will also get to meet the Sullivan University Career Services people. These people work really hard to help you land the perfect job after you get your degree, and they would like to get to know you while you’re on your way to that degree. The people in the Career Services office want to talk to you about your career plans and get you involved in the services they provide like all the job fairs and career preparation workshops that they run. I know you see all the announcements about these workshops. These workshops are another very important part of career awareness, and you really should start taking advantage of these as soon as you arrive at Sullivan – don’t wait until you’re graduating.

All of these Career Awareness activities will make you better prepared for your transition into a satisfying and rewarding career. But that will only happen if you graduate – so make sure you graduate!

IN THE LOOP WITH QEP

IN THE LOOP WITH THE SULLIVAN UNIVERSITY QUALITY ENHANCEMENT PLAN

It’s good to be in the loop. When you’re in the loop, you know what’s going on right now, and you know what’s going to be happening down the road. Being in the loop is all about communication. And being in the loop is really important as you plan your path to career success.

You’re already in the loop when it comes to the Sullivan University Quality Enhancement Plan. You know that we’re going to be rolling out the “QEP” and implementing it over the next 4 years. Its real title is “Career Literacies and Career Competencies: Putting Care Back into Career”, and it’s all about a set of initiatives designed to prepare you for a successful transition into a satisfying and rewarding career. There’s actually four initiatives making up the QEP’s focus on “Career Literacies and Career Competencies”. They are expanded Career Awareness, increased Career Knowledge, heightened Financial Literacy, and enhanced Communication Skills.

You know what we’re planning for expanded Career Awareness. We’ve talked about the Holland assessment and how the Admissions office will be using that assessment to help new students select a program of study that’s a good match for their individual personalities and interests. And you know about the “Career Coach” web service where you will be able to find important information about different careers. And you’ve heard something about the Sullivan University Career Services people and the job fairs and excellent workshops that they run to help you prepare for your career (be sure to take advantage of these as soon as you can so you’ll get the maximum benefit). And, of course, you know about increased Career Knowledge. You’re probably looking forward to investigating various career paths related to your program of study. These QEP initiatives will push for more opportunities to develop career relevant skills and research current industry practices. And you’re in the loop on heightened Financial Literacy. You know that we’ll be offering you a series of short course modules provided by USA Funds Life Skills. These modules will be embedded in required courses, so you’ll pick them up on the way to your degree. Be watching for them, and make the most of them when they come along.

The fourth QEP initiative is enhanced Communication Skills, and this is what’s going to keep you in the loop all through your career. We’re talking here, of course, about your reading and writing. You’ve just got to kick that up a notch if you want to be successful. Every career field is different – some careers may demand carefully crafted reports while others may emphasize short, focused memos and clear, concise e-mails. But whatever career you’re headed for, you should try your best to become comfortable in a variety of communication styles so you’re ready for whatever the real world throws at you – that’s the way you stay in the loop. As part of the QEP, we’re going to help you enhance your Communication Skills by developing a portfolio to house sample work products demonstrating your skills and competencies specific to your career field. Many departments will set up an e-portfolio account. This is basically a digital repository that you can fill with career-relevant communications – anything from e-mails and memos to detailed reports and other communication examples such as spreadsheets, tables, graphs, and even perhaps audio or video clips, as well as more traditional reflective writing samples. Your e-portfolio can be developed as an on-going project showcasing the steps you take as you progress toward a degree. And one of the final items will be a professional resume that you can use to land that first professional position. Being in the loop, by putting your enhanced Communication Skills to good use, is the way to succeed in the real world and enjoy a satisfying and rewarding career. But that will only happen if you graduate – so make sure you graduate! I’ll tell you more about the QEP next week.

LEARN TO EARN

LEARN TO EARN

Sullivan University remains true to their mission as they implement the QEP goals of career literacies and career competencies. By participating in course level experiences directly related to programs of study, students have opportunities to earn tangible rewards to help supplement their bottom dollar and assist them with real life daily needs.

With a focus on the implementation of the QEP over the next 4 years, the Learn to Earn campaign kicks off Fall 2016. Learn to Earn is an incentive program for students to earn “I Care Points” that can be turned into real money and used at local grocery and department stores. I Care Points are earned when individual students complete various assessments and activities embedded in required courses connected to Career Awareness, Career Knowledge, Financial Literacy, and Communication Skills.

Students, Faculty and Staff can get the rules, regulations, points and incentive breakdowns by logging into the Student or Faculty Portal for the QEP under Campus Resources link.

So much is going on with QEP and we want YOU to get connected!

Another way to get involved is by sharing your thoughts, expertise and experiences in a submission to the new quarterly QEP Career Connections newsletter. Submission requirements and I CARE Point opportunities can be found in the Student/Faculty Portal.

Check your Sullivan email for:

  • Learn to Earn updates
  • website links
  • Career Connection Newsletter information
  • Other opportunities to get plugged in

If you have questions related to the Learn to Earn Campaign or QEP Career Connections Newsletter, please send emails to learntoearn@sullivan.edu.

Career Coach is designed to help you find a good career by providing the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training.

Foliotek is a digital portfolio where students can showcase projects, work samples and demonstrate their workplace readiness to professors and employers.

USA Funds Life Skills has a series of short course modules to help students heighten their financial literacy. Topics helps students make real life decisions on various topics. A few of those topics include: how to achieve goals, live on a budget, manage personal finances, understand how to read a paycheck stub, manage credit card debt and repay student loans.

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