Helping campuses organize a complex experiential ecosystem

A team of educators, technology builders, and recent grads dedicated to producing more 21st-century-ready graduates

Why Does SOC Exist?

Students are entering an increasingly competitive career market where experiential learning is required for success. A key predictor of success after graduation—in terms of career-readiness, career placement, improvements in critical thinking, and general post-grad life satisfaction—is participation in experiential learning and High-Impact Practices.

Less than 15% participate each year.

There is a proliferation of opportunities for students to gain real-world, experiential, and high-impact learning experiences. New co-op, internship, research, journal publication, , & other opportunities for students have been popping up all around the country since the late 2000s, along with new experiential learning initiatives and graduation requirements. However, the majority of students are unaware of these opportunities, and institutions lack the ability to scale operations to gauge participation and quality and to verify learning outcomes.

Getting to 100%

Every student should participate in quality experiential learning experiences. We believe the pieces of the puzzle exist around campus and in society at large to make that a reality. Our mission is to have every student participate in these quality, often life-changing, experiential learning opportunities and experiences throughout college, so they are better prepared post-graduation for a rapidly evolving 21st-century life and workforce. We work every day to accomplish this mission, one campus at a time. No matter where you are, we can work with you to get you there.

Our Story

The Student Opportunity Center began when a group of students at Florida State University noticed that many of their classmates wanted to do more to better themselves during their time in college but simply didn’t know where to start. SOC initially started as a student project at FSU before expanding into Florida, the Southeast, and now nationwide, where it is the country’s leading provider of technologies and services for experiential learning and high-impact practice management.

Our Investors

Leadership Team

Chris Freire

Chris Freire


Claire E. Jacobson

Dr. Claire Jacobson

Vice President, Campus Strategy

Paurav Surendra

Paurav Surendra

Director, Engineering

George Kuh

Dr. George Kuh

Advisor, High-Impact Practices

John Cavanaugh

Dr. John Cavanaugh

Advisor, Campus Success

David Yaskin

David Yaskin

Advisor, Student Success


Work with a network of national experts on experiential learning and High-Impact Practices. These leaders help campuses develop their own comprehensive and sustainable strategies to efficiently scale their experiential education initiatives by consulting on quality, equity, diversity and inclusion, assessment, pedagogy, curricular development, research, and more.

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 Beck

Carina N. Beck, Ed.D.

Vice Provost - Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success and Director, Hilleman Scholars, Montana State University

Cynthia Alby

Cynthia Alby, Ph.D.

Director of GC Journeys and Professor of Education Georgia College

Lavar Charleston

LaVar Charleston, Ph.D.

Chief Diversity Officer, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Erik Montenegro

Erick Montenegro

NILOA Fellow, Director of Communications for the Credential Engine

Bruce Vandal

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

Krys Strand, Ph.D.

Program Director, Neuroscience; Director of National Fellowships and Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Mary-Ann Winkelmes

Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Ph.D.

Founder and Principal Investigator, TILT Higher Ed; Executive Director, Brandeis University Center for Teaching and Learning