The 21st-century workplace demands adaptive leaders with interdisciplinary strengths and collaborative instincts. With college costs rising faster than incomes and an ongoing student-loan debt crisis, UC Davis must succeed in preparing Aggies to launch their careers as soon as they graduate.
Aggie Launch is a bold initiative, and a Big Idea, to redefine what undergraduate student success means for every member of the UC Davis community: students, staff, and faculty. Higher education scholars and administrators define student success in myriad ways, most frequently, as timely attainment of the undergraduate degree. Evidence shows, however, that timely degree attainment is not the only end goal for students, rather, most students also enter college specifically to find gainful employment, even if they plan to attend graduate or professional school prior to entering the workforce.
Aggie Launch will serve as the campus change agent to implement a new, distinctly Aggie definition of student success:
Every UC Davis undergraduate student will earn their degree in a timely manner with a robust post-graduate career launch plan (e.g. career/graduate school/professional school/etc.).
The distinctly Aggie approach to student success builds on our campus strengths and aligns with campus strategic initiatives (and external research) regarding:
1. The value of a college degree [as] a vehicle for social mobility; and
2. The importance of fostering equitable opportunities so that all graduates – including individuals who identify as persons of color, first generation college students, women and/or LGBTQIA – experience meaningful, timely and gainful employment following graduation.