Professional Networks Within U.S. Higher Education: Avenues to Foster Career and Institutional Success

Christian Teeter


Within the United States, higher education is a ladder up to greater socioeconomic status. In spite of this fact, today’s students need to focus on more than just completing their education. This scholarly essay focuses on the value of professional networks, in conjunction with institutions of higher learning, in career advancement and upward movement in socioeconomic levels. This essay emphasizes the role that professional networks play in enhancing the value of a bachelor’s degree and provides evidence that students and institutions benefit from the development of professional networks both in support of the advancement of students’ careers and in the engagement of alumni. The essay also demonstrates the benefits to academic institutions themselves when alumni engagement is fostered to a greater degree.

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Journal of Education and Training Studies  ISSN 2324-805X (Print)   ISSN 2324-8068 (Online)

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