We will create a world-class, lifelong Career Center with services and support for students, alumni, and the greater community seeking professional guidance and navigational tools throughout their careers.
Creating a world-class, lifelong Career Center is one of eight presidential priorities that are linked to and aligned with Towson University’s strategic plan. These eight priorities will help us build a stronger foundation for Towson University’s promising future.
In the fall of 2016, a 22-member Career-Readiness Task Force was appointed by the Provost and Vice President of Student Affairs. Task force membership (PDF) was crafted to be representative of the stakeholders invested in and affected by this priority and comprises faculty, staff, students, alumni and employers. The task force met multiple times throughout the academic year.
The Career-Readiness Task Force convened in January 2017 for a two-day retreat to synthesize the data collected and research conducted during the fall 2016 semester. The retreat was facilitated by Jeremy Podany from the Career Leadership Collective and resulted in a report which formed the scaffolding for the Task Force’s recommendations. The Task Force re-convened in February to identify supporting themes and fine-tune outcomes, goals and objectives which were presented to President Schatzel and campus leadership in May 2017. View the presentation (PDF).
The Task Force Recommendations (PDF) revolve around the creation of a campus-wide career ecosystem committed to every TU graduating having:
These outcomes will be guided by reaching, engaging, and connecting every student early with easy/anytime access that is personalized and supported by data and storytelling. Recommendations regarding initiatives and resource requests have been developed and are under consideration.