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1 Partnering with Academic Schools and Departments to Support Experiential Education and Career Development Presenters: Mercy O. Azeke, Ed.D. Dean of the Center for Student Success and Academic Advising William Hill, Assistant Dean of Career Services Marilyn Ward, Coordinator of Service Learning and Community Programs

2 Monmouth University Established in1933 as a private co-educational institution in West Long Branch, NJ 8 Schools, 156 Acres, Historic Wilson Hall 6,500 Students (including graduate students) 37 Undergraduate Majors

3 What is Experiential Education at Monmouth University?
Monmouth University was one of the first institutions to pioneer Experiential Education as a graduation requirement for all undergraduate students. In 1996, Experiential Education was approved by Monmouth University’s Faculty Council as a curricular component of General Education. Over the years, Ex Ed has met with great success and in 2011 NSEE named Dr. Rekha Datta, Political Science Professor and Founding Director of Monmouth University’s Institute for Global Understanding, “Outstanding Leader in Experiential Education: Higher Education.” Whether it’s changing the world for the better or transforming their future, students use Experiential Education to literally bring knowledge to life.

4 Structural Diagram Experiential Education Program, Monmouth University
Administration: Provost Dean of the Center for Student Success and Academic Advising Staff: Career Services Office of Study Abroad Faculty: General Education Oversight Committee (GEOC) Students

5 Center for Student Success
Dean, Center for Student Success and Academic Advising Associate Dean, Support Services and Articulation Transfer/Articulation Services Undeclared Sophomore Advising Director of Tutoring and Writing Services Assistant Director of Writing Services and Supplemental Instruction Assistant Dean, Career Services Career and Job Development Career Networking Job Placement Experiential Education Cooperative Education/Internships Experiential Education Service Learning, Community/Volunteer Programs Director, Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Director of Academic Advising First Year Advising Advising and Career Initiatives Advisor Training/Development Monmouth’s Early Warning System (MEWS) Director of Disability Services

6 The Ex Ed Process Students work with faculty and/or Career Services to identify an Ex Ed placement. Depending on departmental requirements, students have the option of registering for: An Internship A Paid Co-op Service Learning A Research Project Ex Ed Courses Study Abroad All Ex Ed placements must be approved by the student’s Department. The student identifies a Faculty Sponsor within the Department and works with the Faculty Sponsor to establish learning objectives. In order to receive course credit, students must complete academic assignments and spend the required number of hours at the placement site, currently 50 hours per credit. The Office of Career Services supports students and the Experiential Education process by the following means: providing leads, facilitating student placement, managing the placement database, providing weekly workshops (such as “Ex Ed – Your Future Depends on It”; “Make a Difference through Service Learning”; “How to Search for and Obtain an Internship”; “Resumes that Get Results”), providing assistance with resume writing, networking, and career development.

7 Ex Ed Student Objectives
Students will be able to: apply classroom knowledge within the professional environment of their Experiential Education placement; fulfill the responsibilities associated with the professional environment of their Experiential Education placement; articulate the role of their coursework in helping them to perform the work associated with their Experiential Education placement; describe careers related to their experiential learning; and discuss the broader context in which their experience took place.

8 Faculty Responsibilities
Ex Ed Faculty are responsible for: leading and coordinating Ex Ed in their Schools and Departments; serving as Faculty Sponsors; serving as MU Field or Clinical Supervisors; serving as Career Advising Mentors within their Departments; developing Ex Ed courses; and developing Ex Ed opportunities.

9 Career Services Responsibilities
Career Services collaborates with faculty, external agencies, and businesses to facilitate and coordinate Internships, Service Learning, and Co-ops for MU students. Responsibilities include: Maintaining and developing contacts with employers and community agencies; Helping students to identify areas of interest; Working with faculty and field supervisors to provide appropriate experiences for students; Informing students about Ex Ed opportunities and leads; Publishing the Ex Ed Newsletter; Maintaining the Ex Ed Database of Opportunities; Sponsoring the annual Ex Ed program, “Ex Ed Changed My Life”; Collaborating with Departments on special events and programs; Working to develop placements for entire classes; and Providing help with resumes and interviews.

10 Experiential Education Highlights Research Projects
2013 School of Science Summer Research Program The Monmouth University School of Science Summer Research Program is a 12-week. paid research experience which enables students to work on collaborative research projects under the supervision of School of Science faculty and staff. Students have the opportunity to carry out exciting original research in the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, Medical Technology, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Software Engineering, the Rapid Response Institute, and the Urban Coast Institute. Thirty-six research project were presented at the 5th Annual Summer Research Program Symposium held August 13, 2013. Other examples of Student-Faculty research include: Anthropology – Archeological investigation of Charles Fort in Nevis, West Indies Mathematics – Statistical analysis of veterinary or medical procedures Psychology – The psychology of relationships Public Policy – Usage and effectiveness of government Web sites in New Jersey municipalities

11 Experiential Education Highlights Student Intern Research Project
2013 School of Science Summer Research Program : Biology The Effect of Hurricane Sandy on Copepod Abundance in Barnegat Bay, NJ Faculty Mentors: MU Department of Biology, MU Urban Coast Institute, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Funded by: NJ Department of Environmental Protection, MU School of Science Copepods are small crustaceans found in the sea and nearly all freshwater habitats. They provide a necessary food source for recreationally and commercially important fish and shellfish. This study documented trends in abundance and distribution of copepods in Barnegat Bay, focusing specifically on a copepod bloom that occurred after Hurricane Sandy.

12 Experiential Education Highlights Student Intern Research Project
2013 School of Science Summer Research Program: Chemistry Anticancer Drug Delivery by Biodegradable Nanoparticles Faculty Mentor: Dr. Xudong Yuan, MU Department of Chemistry, Medical Technology, and Physics Funded by: Bristol-Myers Squibb, MU School of Science The objective of this research project is to successfully transfect cells with nanoparticles loaded with a model anticancer drug. Based on this research, PLGA nanoparticles were able to effectively deliver the model drug to cancer cells. The real world applications for this research include targeted drug delivery, less toxic cancer treatments, and gene therapy.

13 Experiential Education Highlights Student Intern Research Project
2013 School of Science Summer Research Program: Mathematics Comparison of Infection Rates and Surgery Times in Three Different ACL Surgeries on Dogs Faculty Mentor: Dr. Richard Bastian, MU Department of Mathematics Funded by: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Garden State Veterinary Specialists, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, MU School of Science Veterinarians want to compare three ACL surgeries (ECLS, TPLO, and TTA) in terms of infection rate and surgery focusing on the hypothesis that TTA is replacing TPLO. After analysis of the data, researchers founds statistically significant and clinically significant results and the veterinarians have agreed to get a new and larger dataset to run similar statistical analysis.

14 Experiential Education Highlights Entrepreneurship
An Award-Winning Ex Ed Course - Recipient of the 2010 Innovative Entrepreneurship Course Award from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Goal: To help students gain experience in the business world with something on the line. Students conceptualize a final product and bring it to market in 15 weeks. Examples include: Second Chances Thrift Boutique benefiting women who have been incarcerated Soup d’Shore, a community soup kitchen Center for Immigrant Services PAW-triots, an all-natural treat for dogs; part of the proceeds benefits Canine Battle Buddies, a charity that provides companion dogs to veterans suffering from “invisible wounds” developed during military service

15 Experiential Education Highlights Service Learning and Community Programs
Master Syllabus: “Community and Service Learning Projects” Through the Master Syllabus, Service Learning is available to students in all majors. Service Learning Courses: Advanced Radio Production, Storytelling, American Cultural Diversity, International Service Seminar in India, Civic Engagement Course Projects: Entrepreneurship/Mathematical Modeling Individual Placements: American Cancer Society, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, American Red Cross, Move for Hunger, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Statewide Youth Helpline, and many others

16 Experiential Education Highlights JP Morgan Chase
JPMC recruits rising seniors for internships in their corporate development program at their Delaware location. The program seeks out highly competitive students with strong academic and leadership qualifications. Candidates are pre-screened and interviews are conducted on campus in the Spring by a team of JPMC recruiters. Selected candidates work full time during the summer at the JPMC office in Newark, Delaware. Many are offered full-time jobs after the program. MU was recently named a “core recruiting school” by JPMC based on a successful recruiting track record.

17 Experiential Education Highlights Accounting Honors Employment Program
Each October local, regional, and national CPA firms conduct interviews on campus with qualified junior, senior, and MBA accounting students. Major firms, such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte & Touche, and KPMG, participate regularly. Successful students are offered internships and/or full-time jobs usually no later than the December following the interview. Accounting majors can use the internships for credit toward the current New Jersey CPA requirement of 150 credits. AHEP credits are used as free electives.

18 Career Services collaborates with Schools and Academic Departments to maximize the benefits of Experiential Education and to support career development. This collaboration creates a network of resources for students.

19 Major Collaborative Activities Fall Career Discovery Series for Business Majors
“Careers in Marketing” Co-sponsored by the American Marketing Association – NJ Chapter “Careers for Humanities and Social Sciences Majors” “Career Planning and Career Identification for Student Athletes” “Careers for Finance and Economics Majors”

20 Major Collaborative Activities Career Days
Fall Career Day Educators’ Career Day Humanities and Social Services Career and Internship Fair Spring Career Day

21 Major Collaborative Activities School of Science Career Choices Roundtable
Annual student-led networking event showcasing career paths in Science In spring 2013, speakers included Mary Ellen Clark, Assistant Commissioner of Labor, Workforce Development at NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Five concurrent workshops were held in Marine Biology and Environmental Policy, Computer Science/Software Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, and Health. Panelists included alumni from L’Oreal, Celgene Corporation, Colgate Corporation, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Children’s Dentistry of Morristown, and others.

22 Major Collaborative Activities “Ex Ed Changed My Life”
Faculty Panel Discussion Student Panel Discussion Internship sites such as: Viacom/MTV; Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum; Six Flags; Disney College Program Poster Presentations (with 47 Student Presenters)

23 Major Collaborative Activities Intern of the Year
Faculty in all Departments were asked to submit nominations. Nominees included: A Criminal Justice major who interned with the New York Department of Homeland Security and who worked on a major operation in defense of the nation; An English major who was lead ESL instructor at a local nonprofit; An Accounting major who learned the responsibilities of other interns so he could step in when someone was absent; A psychology major who interned for a statewide youth helpline; and An English major who worked at a PR firm on book campaigns for bestselling and new authors. The Intern of the Year was a Social Work major who touched the lives of clients at a continuum of care center. She worked in all units, including short-term rehabilitation, ambulatory care , and a special unit for patients with Huntington’s disease.

24 Major Collaborative Activities Experiential Education News
Experiential Education Newsletter - published every semester since 1997 to share Ex Ed success stories Provides information for students about the Ex Ed requirement Highlights different majors and departmental projects and activities


26 Strengths of the Ex Ed Program
Collaboration between Career Services and faculty results in the following strengths: Increased Ex Ed and career development activities Combined learning and career goals Increased placement opportunities Increased internship requests from external agencies Increased number of placements at higher quality sites Familiarity with on-the-job and life experiences Increase in students’ knowledge about their field of choice and resources in their occupation Enhanced ongoing communication between faculty and administrators Enhanced ease of transition from Ex Ed to job placement

27 MU Ex Ed Student Outcomes
Students experience and learn on-the- job and lifelong skills. Some students secure full-time jobs in the area of their expertise and interest. Students learn valuable networking skills

28 Monmouth University Contact Information Dr. Mercy Azeke Dean of the Center for Student Success and Academic Advising Phone Fax William Hill Assistant Dean of Career Services Phone Fax Marilyn Ward Coordinator of Service Learning and Community Programs Phone Fax Monmouth University 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, NJ 07764

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