Monday, September 20, 2010

Aspirations: Post-Grad Work

The graduate and professional school fair, hosted by Career Services, brought in record numbers of attendees this year. From students and alumni interested in post-grad opportunities to faculty learning more about graduate and doctoral programs to help their role as student advisors, the fair generated excitement throughout the Ken Olsen Science Center loggia and chairman’s room.

Career Services distributed colorful sustainable shopping bags, and information sheets. One such sheet, Questions to Ask Any Graduate Program, was clenched tightly in the hands of attendees as they visited tables from schools like Tufts, Yale, Boston University, Emerson and others. Over 46 schools were represented at the fair as well as opportunities in the Peace Corps and Across the Pond, a student recruitment placement program for study at 12 university programs throughout the United Kingdom.
A national survey given to first-year students across the country during orientation s
hows Gordon students have high aspirations (85%) of post-graduate work when they first arrive on campus. The survey, Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP), at the Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA, is nationally viewed as one of the most valuable benchmarks. The freshman survey is administered to over 400,000 entering students in the United States. The first-year student data from this survey shows the masters and doctorate aspirations of Gordon students is higher than averages reported in two different survey groups, including other religious four-year colleges, highly selective, category.

“We were pleased to welcome both returning college and university representatives and a number of first-time attendees including Bentley College, Boston University School of Visual Arts, Tufts University of Graduate Studies, Tufts University Medical School and others,” said Rita Smith Dove, associate director of career services and fair coordinator.

Photos: Recent alum Sarah Grimes, a sociology graduate from the class of 2010, and Joel Nolette, a senior in biblical studies, discuss graduate opportunities in psychology and counseling with an admissions representative from Yale University.
To view more photos of this event, visit the Gordon College facebook page.

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