Institute for Professional Engagement (IPE)

History of IPE

The Institute for Professional Engagement (IPE) was formed in 2007. The IPE was created and is managed through the Student Affairs Division under the direction of Dr. Cory Duckworth. Its mission was initially carried out by an IPE Steering Committee originally co-chaired by Dr. William Cobb and Dr. Wayne Mangelson.

Six fundamental areas were identified as the purpose of the IPE:

  • Promote self-discovery activities and help students understand their core motivations in life
  • Expand career exploration opportunities (e.g., advising, faculty mentoring, information interviews, job shadowing, internships) which enrich students career decision-making knowledge and skills
  • Help students identify, develop, and directly engage in a variety of career preparation activities (internships, class projects)
  • Teach career management, leadership and community service skills which enhance careers
  • Promote and inventory academic and professional engagement activities on campus, and best practices nation-wide
  • Build a Professional Engagement Advisory Council and collaborate with the Center for Engaged Learner’s Advisory Council to encourage, support, guide and approve grants that help students with career exploration and decision making

Five categories of preparation were proposed:

  1. Self-Discovery and Basic Skills
  2. Career Exploration and Decisions
  3. Career Preparation in the Community and Region
  4. Career Management Preparation
  5. Other (monitoring, tracking, milestones, assessments, etc.)

The following four outcomes were identified initially for the IPE:

  1. Increase the number of internships to non-profit entities
  2. Increase the number and groups of students participating in employer and site excursions that help students with career exploration and increase students’ professional knowledge and experience in a chosen career field
  3. Increase in the awareness of activities sponsored by the Institute
  4. Increase in the number of students who report at graduation that their professional experiences helped them become professionally competent

Moving ahead with the established guidelines, the IPE began operating with funding from a generous endowment by Dan and Peggy Campbell and grant funds provided through the Center for Engaged Learning.

During 2008 to the end of 2010, the IPE focused on providing student internships with non-profit organizations and funding career-oriented excursions through a formal grant process.

Current Mission

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