A Message From LeBow’s Dean Paul Jensen: The LeBow College Value Proposition
A value proposition is how customers perceive what they are offered. This concept is particularly relevant to higher education today, as prospective students (and their parents) consider the value of their college options. At LeBow, we believe we provide a strong value proposition relative to our peer institutions. Economically, the opportunity to graduate with up to 18 months of work experience gives our students a competitive advantage now and in the future. Students learn how to navigate multiple transitions to jobs that are not internships measured in weeks, but meaningful work experiences over a six-month timeframe. As one pharmaceutical Chief Information Officer said to me, “Your students do real work for us in their co-ops, work that our clients depend on being done professionally, creatively and on time.”
Career preparation is not the only value of a LeBow education. Our students have the opportunity to get to know faculty as mentors and as people who truly care about the success of their students. Our faculty are leaders in their fields of study and bring the knowledge they create through their research into the classroom. LeBow students also experience a unique business course sequence in their first year that not only focuses on business fundamentals, but builds comaraderie that lasts well beyond these first year classes. Our staff provide personalized support services to all our students, such as academic and career advising starting even before students step on campus.
LeBow’s value proposition is also created by our students themselves. Students learn from, and become friends with other LeBow students from around the world, some will study or experience a coop abroad, and some will get to manage a $2 million portfolio of the University’s endowment, while others will become peer mentors and teaching assistants, helping new students acclimate to college in their first year.
Finally, attending Drexel University is a big part of LeBow’s value proposition. We are an urban institution in a vibrant city and are celebrating the 125th year anniversary of our founding. Drexel’s reputation is on the rise.
As you consider your academic choices, whether for an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degree, we encourage you to join us and make your contribution to the value of our community.
Paul Jensen, PhD