University To Guarantee All Students A Job Upon Graduation

college job guaranteeAlmost half of working college graduates in 2010 held jobs that didn't require a college degree, according to a recent study. This bleak reality has prompted some schools to desperately defend their worthiness, avoid the issue altogether, or completely lie about their post-graduate employment rates. But one school is taking a different tack: guaranteeing their students a job.

Davenport University, a private university with 11 campuses in Michigan, and a focus on business, health and technology, plans to offer a contract to students, reports news website MLive.com, pledging that if they do not find a job in their major after graduation, they are entitled to more education and training at Davenport free of charge. Undergraduate tuition is $15,840 a year.

It's part of the university's multi-pronged strategy to grow enrollment and reduce its startling drop-out rate. According to government tallies, the school's graduation rate stood at a dismal 25 percent in 2011.

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But not every class-skipping stoner can win an extra year of studenthood. The program, which administrators hope to institute by 2015, requires participating students to earn at least a 3.0 GPA, do an internship and look for a job in a certain area. "It doesn't say that if you're in Flint, and you graduate with a bachelor's degree in accounting that you'll get a job in Flint," university President Richard Pappas told MLive.

As grim unemployment rates made more youths question the wisdom of dumping thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of dollars into their education, a few other colleges have come up with similar pledges. Capitol College in Maryland offers graduates in science, technology or business dozens of tuition-free credits if they don't find a good job within 90 days of commencement, while Thomas College in Minnesota gives unemployed graduates two years of free learning.

Some analysts have raised an eyebrow at these plans. As Jason Delisle, director of the Federal Education Budget Project at the nonpartisan think tank, the New American Foundation, told MLive: "It's sort of like saying to someone, 'we guarantee our product, and if it doesn't work, we promise to give you more of it.' "

But these colleges are at least demonstrating some commitment to the ultimate fate of their students, so that graduates don't end up burning their diplomas for warmth.




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Claire Gordon

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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.

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it says a job in their major. so if someone's major is not marketable at time of graduation, they can take another major?
are dorm fees included?

February 25 2013 at 5:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dickn2000b

Oh, and by the way... the Fluffpost headline, "School to Guarantee Jobs for Grads" is once again incorrect. The college is not guaranteeing to find jobs for grads. It's just offering free continuing education. Great job Fluffpost Flakes!

February 25 2013 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dickn2000b

So let me get this straight... This college is going to offer a student that has graduated with a Bachelors degree and can't find a job, more education, free, so that he or she will then be overqualified, making it even harder to find employment.

February 25 2013 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
evillalba9314

They should offer a refund instead of more classes!

February 25 2013 at 10:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linda

Since when is it the school's responsibility to find students a job? Isn't it their job to give the education to FIND the job. Pretty soon they will be saying they will DO THE WORK on the job THEY FIND for the student. Seems like part of the entitlement generations expectations. ( Teach me, find me a job, then down the road, it'll be do the work for me...)

February 25 2013 at 9:54 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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TobiLuciaStarr

This isn't a new concept. A lot of schools have programs where they will at least try to HELP graduates find job (not always guaranteeing).

I've seen such programs happening since the early 80s, but I know of schools doing it before then.

There's no need to try to turn this into a generational war.

February 25 2013 at 10:00 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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TobiLuciaStarr

That was in response to Linda.

February 25 2013 at 10:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
eberway

"do you want fries with you order"........guess that's a job.

February 25 2013 at 7:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cincyburb01

This is a reponse to audioknot1, who implied that the Republicans are solely to blame for the ending the tariffs on foreign products. The fact is that both parties are in on this racket. The biggest single job-killer of them all, NAFTA, was instituted by a democrat president, Bill Clinton, and strongly supported by his vice-president, Al Gore, when Ross Perot tried to challenge it on national TV. Clinton, Gore, and the other 1 percenters have gone on to make billions off the free-trade deals, while the American worker suffers. Get your facts straight, and become informed.

February 25 2013 at 2:50 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mayfarmpets

Thomas college is located in Waterville Maine ..

February 24 2013 at 9:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
audioknot1

It's good thing that bthey have McDonalds and Burger King on campus. It makes it much easier to go to "Career Days". High Tarriffs on China, Mexico and all other couintries dumping there slave wage products into the U.S. is the only thing that is going to stop this. The MULTI-National Corprations have sold out the United States through the Republican Party. Vote Democrat for jobs and the middle class.

February 24 2013 at 5:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wolfe442

now the colleges willl make work to go with the not needed degrees

February 23 2013 at 9:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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