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Hendrix College Highlighted in ‘Inside Higher Ed’ Special Report on the Changing Landscape of Career Preparation

CONWAY, Ark. (May 19, 2020) – The four-year Hendrix College Odyssey Program and sophomore-focused Career Term experience are featured in “Careers in a Changing Era: How Higher Ed Can Fight the Skills Gap and Prepare Students for a Dynamic World of Work,” a new special report available for purchase from Inside Higher Ed.

In addition to Career Term’s focus on building career competencies, the Odyssey Program has included the Professional and Leadership Development category of experiential learning since its inception in 2005. Many student experiences within the other five Odyssey categories also cultivate career competencies, just as classroom experiences so often do. Faculty in various departments—art, physics, and English turn up as examples in the Inside Higher Ed report—highlight how the day-to-day teaching and learning process at Hendrix cultivates valuable skills that students will carry with them into the workplace.

“We are very well known for our quality academics, but with this career competencies initiative we are helping students understand how that academic rigor translates into professional skills the world of work is looking for,” said Leigh Lassiter-Counts ’01, director of career services for the College. “Skills such as problem solving, communication, and teamwork are all things our students learn both academically and beyond the classroom during their time at Hendrix.”

It isn’t just faculty highlighting how students develop career competencies, either. Hendrix staff whose roles include serving as student employment supervisors often get the opportunity to highlight how a student’s paid work on campus helps build skills valued by future employers.

“These students’ day-to-day experiences outside of class offer more in the way of preparation than many might think at first glance,” Lassiter-Counts said. “We’re grateful that Inside Higher Ed took notice of the value in this coordinated effort across the Hendrix community and chose to tell our story.”

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit