AU Pro - Professional Readiness Opportunities

Anderson University’s QEP: AU PRO, is designed to improve student preparation for the working world through a set of co-curricular opportunities. The program will implement a scaffold of experiences to improve written and oral communication skills while illuminating the overall characteristics of a professional image. As a reflection of the University’s mission, it engages the lens of servant leader as it builds capacity for the outer signifiers of professionalism.

“Required of all Member institutions undergoing Reaffirmation of Accreditation, the Quality Enhancement Plan is a carefully designed and focused course of action that addresses a well-defined issue directly related to enhancing student learning.” 

-SACSCOC Handbook for Institutions Seeking Reaffirmation 

AU PRO will:

  • Focus on professionalism & its value 
    • Written communication skills
    • Oral communication skills
    • Characteristics of overall professional image
  • Be co-curricular in nature 
  • Employ the lens of the servant leader and value of professionalism itself

AU PRO’s 4 Part Structure

PHASE I

  • Signature Series (1 required event per 8 semesters)
  • Discipline Specific events (facilitated by Academic Liaisons within colleges)

PHASE II

  • Student Leaders
  • Campus Student Employment

Signature Series Structure

FRESHMAN: Résumés & LinkedIn Accounts (Fall), Focus 2 Career Assessment (Spring)

SOPHOMORE: Professional Etiquette Basics (Fall), Personal Brand & Workplace Image (Spring)

JUNIOR: Cover Letters (Fall), Interviewing Strategies (Spring)

SENIOR: Networking Strategies (Fall), Updated Résumés & LinkedIn Accounts (Spring)

Discipline Specific Events:

  • Appointment of at least one faculty liaison per each school/college
  • Will work with Career Planning and Professional Development to plan at least two discipline-specific AU PRO events for their school or college per semester

Student Leaders & Campus Student Employment

During Phase II, AU PRO will leverage existing opportunities in student leadership roles and campus student employment to become vehicles for students to develop a stronger sense of professionalism.