FAQs: 2016 Criteria - Advising

  1. The university collects data on student satisfaction with advising, but the school/program does not. How do we proceed?
  2. Can alumni provide career counseling for current students?
  3. How do we demonstrate alumni access to career counseling? Can I use my university's alumni association? Do I need a public health-specific alumni association?

1. The university collects data on student satisfaction with advising, but the school/program does not. How do we proceed?

The criteria state that the school or program must provide data on student satisfaction with both academic and career advising for the last three years. Schools should present data only on public health degree offerings. If you are able to retrieve this specific data from the university, it is fine to do so. However, if you are not able to gather, track and assess the data set forth in the criteria through university-gathered data, you will need to implement data collection at the school or program level.

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2. Can alumni provide career counseling for current students?

Schools and programs may accomplish career advising through a variety of formal or informal mechanisms, including connecting students with alumni for networking and advice. Other resources can include resume workshops, mock interviews, career fairs, professional panels, networking events, employer presentations and online job databases.

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3. How do we demonstrate alumni access to career counseling? Can I use my university's alumni association? Do I need a public health-specific alumni association?

Your response to Criterion H2 (Career Advising) should be specific to the public health degree offerings. As such, an institution-level alumni association would not be sufficient. While a public health-specific alumni association would be one example of how alumni might be provided with career advising resources, this is not the only possible mechanism. Alumni can be provided career advising services through individualized consultations, invitations to resume workshops, mock interviews, career fairs, professional panels, networking events, employer presentations and online job databases.

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