ERIC Number: EJ1027906
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
The Power of Partnerships: Exploring the Relationship between Campus Career Centers and Political Science Departments
Despeaux, J. Michael; Knotts, H. Gibbs; Schiff, Jennifer S.
Journal of Political Science Education, v10 n1 p37-47 2014
Given the growing emphasis on career preparation in higher education, career centers play important roles on today's college campuses. The literature has focused on the reasons students use career services, but it has not addressed the vital linkage between career centers and academic departments. Using a survey of 279 political science department chairs, this study explores the factors that best explain the strength of the relationship between political science departments and campus career centers. After investigating a host of characteristics, we show that close ties between career centers and departments are more likely at smaller colleges, in departments where professors advise students (as opposed to departments with only professional advisors), and in departments that incorporate career preparation into the curriculum. We conclude with recommendations for establishing a more collaborative partnership between career centers and political science departments.
Descriptors: Career Centers, Higher Education, Political Science, Departments, Intellectual Disciplines, Relationship, Career Education, Career Development, College Faculty, College Students, Teacher Surveys, Predictor Variables, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Advisers, Partnerships in Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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