How to find out how a college's graduates do

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How to find out how a college's graduates do

One of the most difficult things is to find that information that might be so helpful to us, that is the information of how do a college's graduates do through life? Are they able to find jobs? Is there a career center that will support them? that sort of thing. And this is frankly going to take a little bit of work for some families, because there are no large conglomerations of this kind of information. But a good place to start is the website of the college or university that you're thinking about, because they will have a career center of some sort. And you can take a look at that and really get a sense of what sort of career services they're offering to their current students, and what sort of services they're offering to graduates. Also, admissions officers are much more willing to share this information and much more eager to share it than they were just a few years ago. And that's because more and more people are concerned about what happens after college. And I think that's because college is so expensive. It's hard to stomach plunking down several $100K for an education and not really know what's going to happen afterward. So you can ask those questions of the admissions department, and they might be able to give you some really good facts and figures on employment rates. And then just searching. The internet can be your friend. Do searches for employment percentages. Maybe there are professional organizations that will list what schools and colleges they like to see graduates from and that sort of thing - might be able to be helpful to you as well.

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Robert has been in K-12 education for thirty years; for sixteen years he was a high school history and social studies teacher, teaching subjects such as AP US History, Western Civilization, World History, Economics, and Anthropology. His school administrative career has been equally varied, serving as Director of Activities at a large public high school, and a Middle School Director and Upper School Director at independent (private) schools in the Midwest and California. Robert earned his Bachelor's Degree in History from Carleton College, and his Master's in Education from Claremont Graduate University. He is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Robert has served on school accreditation teams in the Midwest and California. He has two children, one of whom is an acting and English Literature double major at a large urban university on the East Coast, while the other is a high school junior in Los Angeles.


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