Activating employability in curriculum to heighten student success, graduate employment and faculty research

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Employability is an over-used term and curricula are full, so why would we talk about embedding employability into the curriculum? This presentation repositions employability as study and career confidence. The presenter shares how students’ self-assessments of confidence can heighten student engagement, increase student retention, and support graduate employment. The presenter introduces the notion of touchpoints to demonstrate how employability concepts can be incorporated into existing classes with no extra time. She then invites attendees to formulate new scholarships or research from this work, drawing examples from multi-university collaborations.

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Professor Dawn Bennett is Assistant Provost and Director of the Transformation CoLab with Bond University, Australia. She is an experienced senior leader, an educational reformist, and a passionate educator. Dawn’s expertise is the enhancement of student success and graduate employability. Dawn is a staunch advocate for student equity and addressing the impacts of disadvantage. She is an internationally known researcher with over 300 academic articles and major reports and AUD$6m in completed research funding. Her EmployABILITY Thinking initiative engages 60 institutions globally and holds the largest dataset of student-derived confidence data in the world.