According to a Gallup News poll, “recent graduates (those who graduated from 2002-2016) who had a relevant job or internship while in school were more than twice as likely to acquire a good job immediately after graduation.”
As young graduates go out into the job market it is often their experiences outside of the classroom, solving real-world problems, that set them apart. Delaware Valley University recently earned a national award for being a leader in providing relevant, real-world experience.
DelVal’s Experience360 Program, which all undergraduates are required to complete, was named the 2019 Outstanding Experiential Education Program by the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE). NSEE awards this honor in recognition of “an outstanding institution that has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to experiential education.” DelVal will receive the award at the organization’s next annual conference, to be held in September in Florida.
The Experience360 Program prepares students to solve problems, integrating classroom knowledge with real-world experience. Through the program, 100 percent of DelVal undergraduates gain real-world experience before graduation.
Students start preparing for their careers from their first semester on campus, beginning with a course incorporating professional development and problem-based learning and ending with the creation of a co-curricular transcript that incorporates experiences such as internships, study abroad, research and civic engagement.
Since launching the Experience360 Program the university has seen its career outcomes rate climb. The university surveyed members of the Class of 2017 and found that 91.24 percent of the survey respondents indicated a career outcome of either employment, continued education, volunteer service or military service within a year of graduating.