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Graduating from a four-year university no longer guarantees a job placement; however, student debt is there waiting for graduates once they have a diploma. Loyola University of Chicago has been working to try and better adapt its students for this harsh reality, among other real-life scenarios they’ll have to face after graduation. The university strives to teach the students about managing loans and other debt that comes with their education.

Another part of the Loyola University mission statement is that their students be involved in their communities. For example, a student studying languages may work in a literacy program for the community, or a science major could work in a local health program. This integration better teaches the students about local needs, and helps them gain valuable real-world experience, which makes them more employable.

Loyola students have also been making their work more visible – to the world – by partnering with ProQuest for dissemination of their graduate works. Access to this work within ProQuest’s database ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text allows other students, fellow researchers, potential employers, and the general public to access these important new works.  And those who access the system know that the most updated information is available.

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29 Apr 2014

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