Career Outcomes Rate Continues to Climb at Delaware Valley University
Aug 30, 2018
The summer after Hannah Vezzetti ’17 earned her food science degree from Delaware Valley University she started a position as a product development associate scientist at PepsiCo. Vezzetti is just one of many members of the University’s Class of 2017 with successful career outcomes to report. DelVal’s career outcomes rate increased for the second year in a row, climbing to 91.24 percent with the most recent survey.
The career outcomes rate shows the percentage of survey respondents who are employed, engaged in service work, in the military or, continuing education within a year of graduating. Since the pilot class graduated from the Experience360 Program, the University’s career outcomes rate has increased by a total of 3.5 percent (3 percent between 2015 and 2016 and an additional .5 percent between 2016 and 2017).
The Experience360 Program is designed to go beyond the classroom to prepare well-rounded young professionals. Through the program, the University gets students to think about building skills employers are seeking from day one. Students create action plans for their professional development, set goals for learning, and reflect on a variety of out of the classroom activities to prepare for their careers. Experiential learning activities, which include a menu of options ranging from leadership development to study abroad, are included on students’ transcripts along with their grades when they graduate.
“We’re giving our students the experiences and tools to differentiate themselves from their peers in the job market and, as they apply to competitive graduate school programs,” said Dr. Benjamin Rusiloski, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. “A DelVal education gives students more than classes or internships. We focus on real-world problems and hands-on learning every day. We’re seeing a consistently strong career outcomes rate, and I think that speaks to the power of our focus on experiential learning.”