There is a story we have been telling at PhilaU for a while now. It is a story of a different kind of university education, one that is rooted in the liberal arts but that sets new standards for professionalism and leadership in the 21st century.
This story has taken incredible effort to create, effort from our faculty, and from our administration. As we have worked, we knew the product was valuable. We knew it had something to offer to the market, and to our students.
We have had encouragements along the way.
Last summer the curriculum at the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce won international acclaim.
We hear from employers and industry leaders that our students arrive in their offices and studios more prepared than their peers.
Our alumni network continues to report their successes in the work force.
This week though, we have an important addition to the story, one that tells us that not only are we on the right path, our education model is having a direct impact on our students and the marketplace. Today, the class of 2012 reports that 96% of them are employed in their disciplines or are enrolled in graduate school.
A little more than one year out from graduation.
I challenge any university to beat that number.
This is a story worth telling. It should be shouted from the rooftop. It should speak to prospective students and their families. Philadelphia University has a story to tell. It is a story of students molded into professionals ready for the workplace.
It is a story of designers, physician’s assistants and architects who leave here to rewarding careers.
This is a story that changes lives. Come, be a part of it.