The University of Arizona

UA's 100% Engagement Initiative Spotlighted by U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

How do we set students up for success so they can complete degree programs that lead to promising career pathways? The answer lies in meaningful engagement and partnerships between businesses and institutions of higher education. In a recent report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the University of Arizona is 1 of 10 nationally leading institutions embedding career development throughout a student’s college experience. 

Today, there exists a disconnect between what employers need and what students know. Statistically, only 35 percent of students say they are prepared for a job and 50 percent of young people are unemployed or underemployed, according to McGraw-Hill Education's 2015 Workforce Readiness Survey. At the while, companies in major industries report they are unable to grow and compete, faced with issues of unfilled job openings, turnover and retention. 

Leaders at the University of Arizona recognized the need to prepare its students more holistically for life after graduation and improve Arizona's talent pipeline by partnering with high-impact businesses early on. Through the integration of experiential learning and the creation of the UA 100% Engagement Initative, UA graduates have become even more competitive in career and graduate markets. In 2016, 86 percent of all students and 90 percent of Arizona residents accepted jobs or entered graduate school 90 days out from graduation. 

To read the USCCF's full case study on the success of UA's 100% Engagement Initative, click here and flip to page four.