Bentley President Gloria Larson Authors Book Outlining a New College Experience
(10 months ago)
WALTHAM, Mass., Aug. 22, 2017 : A new book by Bentley University President Gloria Cordes Larson helps parents, employers and educators to rethink how students should attend college to help them achieve happier, more rewarding careers and lives.
The book, PreparedU: How Innovative Colleges Drive Student Success, lays out concrete ways to reshape the U.S. college experience, drawing from lessons learned during Larson's decade as president of Bentley.
PreparedU is an important book for families who are facing one of the biggest investments of their lives - their child's college education - at an uncertain time when the fast-changing global and digital economy is forcing students now entering college to prepare for jobs after graduation that may not even exist yet. Larson is uniquely qualified to provide guidance. Under her leadership, Bentley University has been ranked #1 in the United States in both career services and internships by The Princeton Review.
"Today's employers demand a new kind of hybrid graduate who combines both hard and soft skills with the courage to take risks, the creativity to innovate, a strong moral compass and the savvy to excel in a highly competitive climate," Larson said. "We need to continue listening to students, parents, employers and forward-looking educators to identify what's working in higher education - and sometimes, what isn't - to create an education system that prepares young people to succeed in the global economy."
In PreparedU, published by Jossey-Bass, Larson draws upon interviews with educators at other universities, successful graduates, and company recruiters and executives. The book also describes the successes Bentley has experienced combining business education with the liberal arts.
"If you're making the investment of a lifetime, you'd better know what you're paying for and how to get the most out of it," said Suze Orman, the personal finance expert and best-selling author. "PreparedU explains how the opportunity for success is driven by how you go to school, not where, and anyone planning for college should understand the difference."