A Strategic Approach
Georgia State’s commitment to student success goes beyond grades and classrooms.
The university has earned national acclaim for helping students from every background stay on track for graduation, and now, Georgia State is creating even more tools to help students succeed after graduation as they move on to careers and graduate programs.
Georgia State enrolls tens of thousands of low-income and first-generation students, many of whom have never had access to the formative professional experiences employers seek. To ensure graduates don’t just “look good on paper,” the university is working to help students develop and demonstrate their professional skills to potential employers over their entire college tenure.
How It Works
With Georgia State’s four-year career preparation program, new students are admitted into career-based meta majors and participate in learning communities that help them explore career options in broad academic fields such as STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), business and health professions. Portals and advisers share live job data with students about hiring statistics, starting salaries and job requirements for fields within the meta major. Academic departments host open houses, career panels and other events to expose students to the chosen field. All students receive their own electronic, career-based portfolios they use to collect evidence of their personal accomplishments and milestones, inside and outside the classroom. They can post documents, videos, audio files and graphic files demonstrating their growing competencies on the e-portfolio throughout their time at Georgia State.
Using their portfolios, students can then interact with faculty and alumni on Portfolium, an academic portfolio network, to share their own interactive collection of projects, work samples, skills, activities and accomplishments. Portfolium allows students to showcase their work, projects and experiences well beyond the limits of a traditional résumé and transcript to demonstrate the true value of their education and potential. It also allows potential employers to search for and to connect with students who have the skills they are seeking.