Applied Education Essay

5066 words - 21 pages

May 1st, 2015
 
Michelle Kyriakides
Career Services Director,
Experimental Learning
Saint John’s University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens NY 11439 

Dear Ms. Kyriakides,

It is in the nature of Saint John’s University to always enhance, educate and strive for excellence in all aspects. Career Services is a vital department of the university that is not being used to its fullest potential. While a number of students are continuing to graduate with a diploma of academic success, many still are not prepared for the real world.

Majority of students spending an entire semester absorbing lectures and solely taking notes, to simply be tested. This does not qualify as a complete ...view middle of the document...

If you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact me at 561-703-0413 or email me at crystal.valentine12@stjohns.edu.

Sincerely,

Crystal Valentine

“Applied Education” for
St. John’s University Students

A proposal to merge both education and experience as a requirement for
A Holistic Educational Experience.

Submitted by:
Crystal Valentine

Submitted to:
Michelle Kyriakides
Career Services Director,
Experimental Learning
Saint John’s University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens NY 11439

Prepared for;
Effective Business Writing
Professor Anthony Mahoney 

Abstract

In this paper, it is proposed that Saint John’s University in Queens, New York, be provided with a holistic educational experience through a program entitled “Applied Education.” The education component that is proposed is grounded in two main concepts: education (in the classroom) and experience (outside the classroom) as a requirement for graduation. Presented here is evidence illustrating that students are not thoroughly prepared for the job market. Additionally, this paper discusses career readiness and potential postgraduate success. Other universities such as Clark University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, The University of Florida and Old Dominion University has adapted the models and theories of Academic Internships to fit their programs needs, to abundantly generate holistic, job market readiness for their students, thus as a result, these universities are rated as the best college careers services in the country (AACU).

The proposal discusses the implementation of “Applied Education” its impact and result of a program of its caliber. The redesign of this university’s tactical education could result in the groundbreaking, elite university generating distinctive holistic students thoroughly prepared for the job market.

Table of Contents

Abstract…………………………………………………………………………………………………2

Table of Contents……………………………………………………………………………….…..3

Table of Figures…………………………………………………………………………………......3

Executive Summary…………………………………………………………………………….….4

Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………......5

Literature Review……………………………………………………………………………….…..7

Plan……………………………………………………………………………………………………….11

Budget…………………………………………………………………………………………………...13

Discussion……………………………………………………………………………………………...14

Works Cited…………………………………………………………………………………………...15

Table of Figures

Figure One: Employers Rate College Student Readiness …………………………….6
Figure Two: Estimated Budget Plan……………………………………………………13

Executive Summary

The Current education system at St. John's University does not thoroughly prepare students for their career paths ahead of them and is in need of a major reform. With majority of students spending an entire semester absorbing lectures and solely taking notes, to then be tested on that information, would partially qualify as complete educational experience. While...

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