Published Nov. 16, 2015
Columbia College said that 96% of its class of 2015 undergraduates landed jobs or were pursuing graduate education within six months after receiving their diplomas.
Through the college’s Institute for Leadership and Professional Excellence, graduates were surveyed to indicate employment or enrollment in full-time graduate study. The survey began prior to graduation, and contact with the graduates continued for six months, resulting in a 100% response rate.
“I am proud of our graduates, and I applaud the commitment of our faculty and staff in ensuring every student is well prepared for life after graduation,” said Beth Dinndorf, college president.
Each student is assigned a career coach and professional mentor in their first semester.
The college’s Institute provides a comprehensive and individualized professional development experience for each student, beginning in their freshman year. The career center team coordinates and provides career guidance and coaching, personal assessments and professional development.
“These results show how a systemic approach to career readiness benefits our students’ successful transition from college to career or post-graduate study. The intentional and continual influence of our faculty and professional staff produces results,” said Kenetta Pierce, director of the career center.
In May, Columbia College awarded bachelor's degrees to 220 candidates.