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  • Leveraging Industry Involvement, Expertise, and Insight

    78% of MU students have completed a practicum, internship, co-op, or similar "real-world" experience by their senior year—30 percentage points above the national average in our Carnegie Class of Master’s Colleges and Universities (Large). (Source: 2015 National Survey of Student Engagement)

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    Insight from Industry: Forging Meaningful Affiliations

    Each of the schools that comprise Monmouth University has established networks of professionals who serve in an expert advisory capacity. These councils support the particular mission of each school by helping to advance their distinctive curricula and their degree programs. The advisory councils are an essential part of the fabric of the University as it works to ensure its students are intellectually challenged and its graduates are fully prepared for life after Monmouth—personally and professionally.

    According to the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), a leading organization centered on governance in higher education, advisory groups can be significant in providing advice and support to university leadership. Because no organization thrives in isolation, the University welcomes these positive, external relationships.

    Vice Provost for Graduate Studies Michael Palladino offered insight into how these advisors aid Monmouth in moving forward. He said that the care and attention from these volunteers, which include leaders from private industry, health care, education, social work, and other industry sectors, play a critical role in preparing students for the workforce. Monmouth alumni make up a percentage of advisory council members, but not all council members are alumni.

    Bringing valuable industry experience to Monmouth, Vice Provost Palladino explained, is how these council members support the individual schools, and this support includes many things apart from the obvious focus on academic content.

    “Advisory councils help us by aiding in developing curricula that trains our students and will create the kinds of alumni that these advisors will want to hire into their companies. By ensuring Monmouth’s curricula has its fingers on the pulse of what industry wants, we are doing our best to prepare students for life after they graduate. Our advisory councils are helping us to train students with skill sets that are in demand,” he said.

    “And it is not just students’ technical skills we are developing,” Palladino continued. “Preparing students for the workforce also requires mastering skills such as leadership. No one ever tells us they want less leadership in their employees. But, also, our council members support Monmouth’s students by talking to them about dressing for success, advising on résumé writing and appropriate social media skills, and instilling in our students the value of teamwork.

    “Council members deliver professional development opportunities for students, and that kind of support can come in the form of mentoring, internships, networking, and employment opportunities. Importantly, these council members advocate for Monmouth University in their own professional networks and become important ambassadors for the School of Science and for the University,” he said.

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    Deb Mannix, BS Finance and Economics, Class of 1983  

    Deb Mannix

    Degree Program:
    BS Finance and Economics

    Class of 1983

    Financial Advisor

    “The Business Council’s role at the University is to support the students. We do that in a number of ways. We raise funds for scholarships and mentor students, plus we are also coaching students on their interview skills.”

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    Industry in Perspective – Education

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    A member of the School of Science advisory council, Aleta Ricciardi, program director at the National Science Foundation, said she volunteers her time to the University because she enjoys making a difference in the lives of young people. “The more I think about it,” she said, “I realize I see myself as a bridge between the applied and rapidly-changing realm of computing, software, and communications technologies that are changing our lives and the fundamental mathematical and scientific principles on which they are based. Universities and their curricula are hard pressed to keep pace with these changes, so I like to think I can provide useful comments on where industry is going (from jobs and skill sets needed, to technology directions) with a lens, or understanding, of the Monmouth University academic mission.

    “Of course, there is also the very selfish pleasure I get from being around smart, curious, dedicated faculty and students,” Ricciardi said. “If I had no financial constraints myself, I would be an eternal student of just about every subject imaginable—from Assyrian history to zoology.”

    For Mary Brennan, former dean of the School of Education and a specialist professor, advisory councils provide a type of currency. She said they offer a channel of relevancy and realism in relation to “best practice” advice.

    “Our advisory councils, which include superintendents, principals, and other education administrators, offer insights and share information based on their experiences in the world of education,” Brennan said. “This information, in turn, gives administrators and faculty of the School of Education the basis to make curriculum decisions, revise curriculum, and develop new programs. The School of Education’s partnering with the districts represented in our advisory councils prepares our students for the future by allowing them to fulfill early field and student teaching requirements in these district classrooms.”

    And while each school of the University has forged varied but equally positive affiliations with industry leaders who offer guidance, support, and insight, council members themselves gain from the experience of being active and involved in the University’s ongoing evolution and transformation.

    A member of the University’s Honors School Advisory Council, Michael Maggiore ’08, finance major and Honors School graduate, said, “I wanted to join an advisory council because philanthropy, mentoring, and supporting education are all critical elements of my life.

    “Having the opportunity to contribute in this way to Monmouth is important because I am grateful for the foundation the University provided me in launching my career,” said Maggiore, regional vice president for AXA Advisors. “I find it is worthwhile to share with students how I have been able to leverage my education to accelerate my success.”

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