QEP: College to Career and Faculty Engagement Georgia State University

2018 National Survey of College Seniors

Inside Higher Ed, "Why College Grads Can't Find Jobs," 1/17/2018

66% felt they were not well prepared to succeed in a job search

75% said they did not know which positions were an appropriate fit

71% had visited their university's career services two times or fewer in the college careers


Georgia State 2016 graduating seniors whose first exchange with Career Services was in their senior year

Students who excel at articulating their career readiness have a much easier time finding a job, and they earn more over their lifetime.

David Deming, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2017

A First Step Toward Faculty Buy-in

The QEP is NOT

  • A new graduation requirement
  • An attempt to get faculty and departments to change what they teach or the way they are teaching it
  • An opportunity to add layers of additional assessment
  • A set of required university-wide assignments

The QEP asks Faculty in each discipline to think about how they already teach career competencies.

We recognize competency teaching may look or sound different in each department.

NACE Career Competencies

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Oral Written Communication


Digital Technology


Professionalism/Work Ethic

Career Management

Global/Intercultural Fluency


Students articulate awareness of the career-readiness competencies that are valued by employers.

Implementation Actions

  • Career Exploration Project
  • Awareness Reflections
  • Assessment Rubrics
  • QEP Assessment Committee

QEP Targets

  1. 75% of students will onboard to Portfolium
  2. 75% of student reflections show a proficiency-level awareness of career competencies


Throughout their undergraduate experience, students articulate the connections between specific curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities and the career-readiness competencies that they acquire.

Implementation Actions

  • Map PC Pathways in Portfolium
  • POLS 1101 Awareness/Connection Assignment
  • Gateway Course Modules

QEP Targets

  1. 75% of students show proficiency-level articulation of the connection between curriculum and career-readiness.
  2. Majors designate and assess gateway courses. Assessment occurs in GSU's learning management platform (iCollege).


Throughout their undergraduate experience, students demonstrate their career readiness competencies by posting artifacts to Portfolium.

Implementation Actions

  • QEP Assessment Committee
  • Demonstration Assessment Rubrics

QEP Target

  1. 75% of students post artifacts that show a proficiency-level demonstration of their career competencies, resulting in strong profile ratings in Portfolium.

Faculty Engagement

  • Recognize Faculty as Experts and Innovators
  • Incentivize Major and Pathway Curricular Enhancements
  • Provide Faculty Training (CETL)
  • Highlight Programmatic Changes
  • Conduct QEP Assessment in Committees

Incentive Grants & Faculty Fellows

27 Faculty Fellows and 22 Departmental Grants

Faculty develop course modules, map pathways, create signature experience assessment procedures, and develop CTC assignments for orientation courses.

Departments use grant money to develop discipline-specific CTC curriculum, design and maintain CTC digital spaces, create professionalism workshops and events, and provide professional development for their faculty.

CTC Curricular Adjustments

Example: Department of English

4 majors: Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, Creative Writing, and Secondary Education

Faculty Training

"Incorporating competency-based assignments has given my courses another layer of value for my students. The training I received on career-competency pedagogy has added another layer of value to my teaching."

University Career Services

Portfolium Student Ambassadors

First Destination Surveys

Coordinated Resources for Students and Faculty

Existing co-curricular programs are adding College-to-Career elements. For instance, WomenLead courses now include mock interviews and workshops on storytelling.

These workshops help students connect the work they do to the NACE competencies and they encourage students to demonstrate their career readiness by posting to their e-portfolios.

Panther Leadership Programs and University Organizations

University Advising Center

Residential Curriculum

Center for the Advancement of Student and Alumni

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