Connecting Campuses and Companies via Experiential Learning
Why Does SOC Exist?
Students are entering an increasingly competitive career market where Experiential Learning (EL) is required for career-readiness.
A key predictor of success after graduation—in terms of career goals, placement, improvements in critical thinking, and general post-grad life satisfaction—is EL participation.
At SOC, our mission is for every student to participate in EL opportunities, so they are better prepared to enter a rapidly evolving 21st-century life and workforce.
Less than 15% participate each year.
There are decades of research that show the value of Experiential Learning (EL) for campuses, companies, and students alike. However, less than 15% of students participate in EL opportunities each year.
Why is this? Simply put, it is a massive logistical challenge for all parties involved. First: Campuses and companies must negotiate and sign legal agreements to work together to design joint programming. Second: they must implement the programming without the bandwidth, processes, technology, or resources to do so at scale.
Getting to 100%
SOC solves Experiential Learning (EL) scaling and implementation challenges with two services:
For higher ed, SOC provides a research-based program to get schools to a “full-scale” EL operation in 18-36 months. For employers, we help design and run custom EL projects with thousands of students at hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide.
We believe every student can and should participate in quality EL education to help bolster their career-readiness and achieve their life goals.
Dr. Claire Jacobson
Vice President, Campus Strategy
Dr. George Kuh
Advisor, High-Impact Practices
Dr. John Cavanaugh
Advisor, Campus Success
Advisor, Student Success
George D. Kuh, Ph.D.
Founding Director of NILOA, Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, Founding Director NSSE
John C. Cavanagh, Ph.D.
Prev. Chancellor PASSHE, President Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area
Carina N. Beck, Ed.D.
Vice Provost - Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success and Director, Hilleman Scholars, Montana State University
Cynthia Alby, Ph.D.
Director of GC Journeys and Professor of Education Georgia College
LaVar Charleston, Ph.D.
Chief Diversity Officer, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Wisconsin–Madison
NILOA Fellow, Director of Communications for the Credential Engine
Bruce Vandal, Ph.D.
Prev. Senior VP Complete College America
Claire Jacobson, Ph.D.
VP Campus Strategy at SOC, Prev. Director of NASH TS3, HIPs
Krys Strand, Ph.D.
Program Director, Neuroscience; Director of National Fellowships and Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity
Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Ph.D.
Founder and Principal Investigator, TILT Higher Ed; Executive Director, Brandeis University Center for Teaching and Learning