SMITHFIELD, RI – Bryant’s greatest strength is its attention to the success of each individual student, leading to student outcomes and ROI ranked in the top 1% in the county. With the University’s Vision 2030: Education Through a New Lens strategic plan, significant investments are underway to further enhance nationally recognized student success programs in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) and Amica Center for Career Education, among others.
"The University’s Vision 2030 strategic plan creates the perfect environment for us to make our academic success programs even more suited to the needs of current students.”
Throughout their four years at Bryant, students are supported by a close-knit community with personal attention focused on helping them discover their passion and achieve personal and professional success. Bryant’s Amica Center for Career Education, one of several departments within the Student Affairs division that bring learning to life beyond the classroom, oversees programs that help students plan for their future from the start of their freshman year. This includes the discovery of personal career goals, securing internships, employment search tools and a wide range of programs that prepare students for career success at rates other colleges envy. For the Class of 2021, 99% of graduates had secured employment or were enrolled in post-graduate study within six months and the median starting salary was $64,000.
“Experiential learning is transformative for our students because the experiences put students in the workplace amongst professionals, where they not only apply their world-class Bryant classroom learning, but also where they develop real-world skills.”
Vision 2030 will support cross-divisional initiatives between Academic Affairs and the Amica Center, including added personnel for expansion of experiential education opportunities and employer relations. According to Kevin Gaw, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Amica Center, “Experiential learning is transformative for our students because the experiences put students in the workplace amongst professionals, where they not only apply their world-class Bryant classroom learning, but also where they develop real-world skills.”
In addition, Vision 2030 funding will sponsor an immersive student leadership Career Advocate Program focused on career development and planning. In the peer program, students will provide resume review and critique, deliver career development and presentation programs, and assist with career counseling.
Bryant's Centers for Student Success are dedicated to helping students maximize their potential and achieve their goals of academic success. Through a person-centered process of honoring the unique learning needs of each student, the University offers comprehensive services to discover what learning and study strategies work best for each student and support academic progress. Expert learning specialists deliver individualized assistance and group workshops on skill development for all students, as well as focused Learning Labs, tutoring, tailored assistance for the unique needs of student-athletes, and support for international students and English language learners.
With added momentum from Bryant’s strategic plan, additional resources will help to expand the cohesive academic success resources for students and their families, enhancing Bryant’s transformational student experience and superior return on investment. The Office of Accessibility Services and dedicated Student Testing/Accommodations Center will increase Bryant’s coordinated and highly effective strategies for students and faculty.
According to Interim/Associate Provost Wendy Samter, Ph.D., and Assistant Dean for Student Success Laurie Hazard, author and an award-winning expert on how students can make successful transitions from high school to college, “Bryant has long been recognized for the effectiveness of its distinctive student-centered approach. The University’s Vision 2030 strategic plan creates the perfect environment for us to make our academic success programs even more suited to the needs of current students.”
For nearly 160 years, Bryant University has been at the forefront of delivering an exceptional education that anticipates the future and prepares students to be innovative leaders of character in a changing world. The University delivers a uniquely integrated academic and student life experience with nationally recognized academic programs at the intersection of business, STEM and the liberal arts. Located on a 428-acre contemporary campus in Smithfield, R.I., Bryant enrolls approximately 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students from 38 states and 49 countries. Bryant is recognized as a top 1% national leader in student education outcomes and ROI and regularly receives high rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Money, Bloomberg Businessweek, Wall Street Journal, College Factual and Barron’s. Visit www.bryant.edu.