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The Pace Path: A R O A D M A P TO S U C C E S S

With the competitive nature of entering the workforce, a college experience should be more than a collection of classes that academically prepare students for their career paths. At Pace University, that “more” is known as the Pace Path, a road map to real-world experiences, mentorships, and strong academics that provide a unique professional edge for all students. Pace Magazine has followed one student’s Path, which has led her to four prestigious internships, campus leadership roles, and more during her years at Pace. By Lauren Fischer

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ace University senior Gabriela Singh ’17, a fiveyear combined BBA/MBA in Public Accounting student, isn’t attending college just to study her major. “My experience at Pace has allowed me to seek networking opportunities to prepare for life after college,” says Singh. As college students are discovering, your career doesn’t start after school; employers are looking for training both academically and professionally while students are still on campus. This knowledge led Pace to formally launch the Pace Path in September 2014, in order to provide students with a college experience that is both multifaceted and interdisciplinary, but also tailored to each student’s individual goals and interests. As Brian Evans, EdD, assistant

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provost for experiential learning, professor of mathematics, notes, “It’s a way to capture what we already do very well at Pace, and is also a lens to look at what we can do better.” In looking at the academic and professional achievements of upperclassmen like Singh, Pace has labeled many of her school-sponsored and co-curricular activities as aligning with the elements of the Pace Path.

The Beginnings

Pace University saw that the value a student can bring to a prospective employer goes well beyond their GPA. A study conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) found that employers are more concerned about the “soft skills,” such as oral communication,

teamwork, and problem solving, of recent graduates. Interestingly enough, the study also found that students ranked themselves as well-prepared in these skills—thus confirming that many American college students, to put it bluntly, are not as prepared for the workforce as they think they are. “There is a noticeable gap between college students’ feelings about their level of preparedness across key learning outcomes and employers’ assessment of recent college graduates,” the report said. Thus, the Pace Path would help empower students to develop these skills through their own professional interests. As Evans notes, “The purpose is to give students a fuller education, going beyond the typical college curriculum and developing these skills to make our students effective leaders in their fields.”

Leadership Report 2016, Pace Magazine