Making The Most Of Your College Investment
Expert Explains How to Get the Full Value of Tuition Dollars
The weak job market and sky-high student debt has prompted the question: Is college worth the Investment?
A new Pew Research study shows there continues to be immense value in a college degree for a variety of reasons.
But consultant David Porter says that, in order to get the best ROI, students need to build relationships that will lead to job opportunities and to learn skills that will form the foundation for a rich professional and personal life ahead.
Sadly, many students miss the latter and end up underemployed or — worse yet — moving back in with Mom and Dad.
Porter explains why students need to excel both academically and socially on the ever evolving modern college campus.
• How participating in the “campus culture” can lead to a strong academic performance and responsible behavior.
• How campus common areas are crucial to forming a strong social and cultural experience, especially for younger students.
• How the new generation of campus social spaces allows students to form relationships that can advance their future careers.
• How the new generation of campus social spaces teach students the social and emotional skills necessary to excel as adults.
Relevant quotes from Dave’s Book
“Every career counselor I have ever encountered has said that networking and building meaningful personal and professional relationships is essential to building professional success.” College can jump-start this dramatically!
“The classroom outside the classroom is a social interaction incubator that facilitates and nurtures individual students to learn about time management, problem solving, and how to interact with other people. It’s about learning how to socially navigate situations, maybe ones that even make you uncomfortable.”
Students need to find a balance between Facebook and their smart phones in order to make meaningful relations that will lead to career opportunities ahead. In the college campus arena, they are “Given the opportunity to connect is a socially rich, face-to-ace environment, students will choose to lean into their conversations with one another instead of emerging themselves in their smartphones.”
About H. David Porter
David Porter, a social architect, is CEO and president of Porter Khouw Consulting, Inc. His firm has more than 30 years of hands-on consulting experience and has helped some of North America’s top schools create programs that maximize student participation, ensure their overall well-being and academic success, and increase student and alumni retention.
Porter Khouw Consulting has worked with more than 350 clients to conduct market research and develop strategic plans and designs for the college and university market. Porter is a graduate of the prestigious hospitality program at Michigan State University and has been recognized repeatedly as a leader in his field. He is the author of “The Porter Principles,” (http://pkcdavid.com/).
Porter has consulted with Vanderbilt University, Princeton University, University of Notre Dame, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brigham Young University, George Mason University, The U.S. Naval Academy, University of Georgia, the University of New Hampshire and many more.