Our graduates continue to measure up. They provide some of the best indicators of the quality of our academic programs. The latest example comes from social work, where 15 of 16 graduates from our social work program passed their international licensing exam on the first try during the most recent exam cycle. That’s a 94 percent pass rate, 23 points higher than the 71 percent pass rate for everyone who took the same exam in the United States and Canada. Congratulations to our graduates, and to chair Lucy Mercier and all of our social work faculty and staff who clearly do a fine job of preparing our students to succeed in their chosen profession.
Thanks to everyone who has posted images and messages on Twitter and Instagram as part of Forbes’ #MyTopCollege Campaign. There have been a number of fabulous submissions and I’m pleased to see how many express their support for SVSU in this manner. I was especially pleased to see our efforts cited by Forbes this week. For those who have registered, please keep posting and promoting SVSU. Be sure to tag your posts with #SVSU and #MyTopCollege.
Please join me in welcoming eight students and a faculty member visiting our campus from Shenyang Aerospace University of the People's Republic of China. They arrived Wednesday and will stay for two weeks. They will participate in a series of art workshops organized by the art department as well as cultural activities arranged by the Office of International and Advanced Studies. Our Roberts Fellowship students visited their campus last month and I’m pleased that we can reciprocate. We will roll out the welcome mat for a number of students from overseas in the coming weeks. Let’s show them the finest Cardinal hospitality.
Our society can never have enough good teachers, so I was pleased to see a great turnout at the Education Employment Fair Tuesday, June 16. In all, 114 students and alumni interviewed with representatives from 34 public school districts and academies. After consulting with superintendents, we moved the fair from April to June and saw a 17.5 percent increase in the number of job seekers and a 29 percent increase in the number of employers. My thanks to our colleagues in Career Services for taking the initiative to make this change and better serve our students.
Many of you no doubt have noticed the upgrade to our web portal, mySVSU. This update makes accessing many services – V-Mail, Canvas, calendars, campus news, etc. – much easier; even our students agree, based on early responses on the Facebook group I’M BOSS. MySVSU also is more mobile-friendly now, which is increasingly important to students. I want to thank Pat Samolewski, director of enterprise applications and development for Information Technology Services, and all of our web services colleagues who worked on this improvement.
Photo courtesy of the New York Times.
I have spent a lot of time around college and university presidents this week, attending meetings for the GLIAC and the Presidents Council-State Universities of Michigan. I won’t bore you with the details of these sessions, but I can tell you that none of my peers were bragging about their alumni being featured in the New York Times this week... but we can. Brad Koch and Jesse Vollmar, who both graduated in 2011 with degrees in computer information systems, were highlighted for building their successful business, FarmLogs. As a city boy from Detroit, I don’t know much about “planting dates, watering schedules and crop yield,” but I do know that going from a start-up to a company with 32 – soon to be 60 – employees in just a few years is quite an accomplishment. Best of all, they are headquartered in Michigan. Congratulations to these two and all of our graduates who make us proud each day.