Plenary Sessions

Plenary • Friday, February 15, 9:15 – 10:15 am
Who's Hiring Liberal Arts Graduates? 

George Anders, Editor at Large—LinkedIn, and author of You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a "Useless" Liberal Arts Education

There's wide agreement that a broad liberal-arts education is invaluable preparation for rich, lifelong careers in almost any field. But what about the challenges of finding the right first job, immediately after graduation? This talk will highlight some encouragingand troublingtrends about students' first destinations. It also will set forth a series of concrete steps that can help us all do better.

Closing Plenary • Saturday, February 16, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Learning Happens Everywhere: Strategies for Assessing Co-Curricular Experiences

Amelia Parnell, Vice President for Research and Policy—NASPA

Higher education institutions are filled with opportunities for students to engage with others outside of the classroom. The personal and professional skills that students acquire in co-curricular environments are often highly-valuable to their academic progression and career preparation. As more institutions recognize the benefit of integrating campus experiences, it will be important for professionals to appropriately identify and measure co-curricular learning. This session will highlight how institutions across the United States are increasing their provision of co-curricular opportunities and refining their approaches for assessing the learning that happens in those spaces. Woven throughout the session will be four effective strategies that support the concept that learning happens everywhere.