Despite new innovations in graduate programs, key findings show students want more!
Submitted by Net Impact
Net Impact, a leading nonprofit that inspires a new generation to work for a sustainable future, released its 2014 edition of Business as UNusual: The Social and Environmental Impact Guide to Graduate Programs – For Students by Students. Key findings suggest that social and environmental issues are a growing priority for students who pursue a graduate education, and that student expectations have increased as a result.
First published in 2006, Business as UNusual is the only publication for students, by students that ranks and highlights graduate schools at the forefront of social and environmental innovation, featuring over 3,300 student perspectives on nearly 100 graduate programs. The guide provides student ratings of their graduate program’s integration of social and environmental themes into curricula, career services, and student activities.
This year, more than half the schools surveyed reported new innovations in impact-oriented curriculum or experiential learning to meet increasing demand. And yet, students want more! For the third year in a row, student satisfaction with their programs’ integration of these issues has declined.
“Over the years, students have become increasingly committed to making an impact, and expect more from their education as a result,” says Liz Maw, CEO of Net Impact. “Graduates want to leave their programs fully equipped to create social and environmental change in the workplace and the world.”
Major conclusions from Business as Unusual 2014 include:
“It’s an exciting time in higher education, as we see more inventive opportunities to combine real world impact and learning” says Maw. “In order to compete, graduate programs must respond to this profound student demand for building a sustainable future.”
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Net Impact is a leading nonprofit that supports a new generation to work within and beyond business for a sustainable future. With more than 50,000 student and professional members and over 300 chapters worldwide, we make a net impact that transforms our lives, our organizations, and the world. Visit www.netimpact.org.
Net Impact is a global nonprofit inspiring a new generation to use their careers to tackle the world’s toughest social and environmental problems. We empower student and professional leaders to act locally through our vibrant chapter network and connect globally online and through our flagship conference. By 2020, we will mobilize a million new leaders to drive positive change in the workplace and the world. For more information, please visit netimpact.org.
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