Helping campuses organize a complex experiential ecosystem
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.
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, Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois, 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
LaVar Charleston, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Education
NILOA Fellow, Director of Communications for the Credential Engine
Cynthia Alby, Ph.D.
Director of GC Journeys / Professor of Education
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