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A New Student Transcript Model Showcases Experiential Learning

blog imageIt seems like everywhere we look these days, there’s an article or blog post or newscast questioning the value of higher education. Are our students getting what they’re paying for? Are they leaving college fully prepared for the working world? Are they acquiring the knowledge, skills and abilities they’ll need to be successful in life? And how can employers be sure that potential employees, fresh out of college, are well-rounded, well-learned and well-prepared for an increasingly multifaceted work world?

Through a new student transcript model, Elon University has enabled its graduates to showcase their full college experience to potential employers. By listing not only coursework, but also accomplishments in Elon’s five signature experiential learning programs — Study Abroad, Service Learning, Internship, Research and Leadership — the transcript provides a more robust picture of a student’s college education, from academics to in-the-field learning to opportunities to develop as a leader.

“Ultimately, an employer needs to see the ‘experiences’ gained by a potential job candidate and not just a random list of courses taken,” says Oregon State University Chief Human Resources Officer David Blake. “Traditional student transcripts tell us what kind of classroom learning has taken place, but they don’t capture all the different ways in which a student gains knowledge, skills and abilities. In today’s work world, experiential learning is just as important as academics, and Elon’s new transcript model provides this complete picture.”

As an HR professional, what are your thoughts on Elon’s new student transcript model? How would you use it to evaluate a potential employee’s credentials and achievements? How important is a job candidate’s experiential learning?

And in terms of professional development, what are YOUR experiential learning opportunities that may not be captured in an organizational chart or position description? Service on committees? Service in the community? Networking with HR pros from other institutions? Continuing education?

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