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By Sholnn Freeman
University News
February 18, 2011

Deloitte partners with Howard to improve career services

WASHINGTON – Deloitte Consulting LLP, the world’s largest professional services firm, is providing $160,000 in pro bono consulting work to help improve career services for students through a collaboration with the Howard University Center for Education, Development & Research (CEDAR). The Center is a critical unit within the

Student Affairs portfolio. Deloitte, a longstanding Howard corporate partner and recruiter, is conducting an assessment of the University’s career services operations. The goals of the eight-week review include higher participation in recruiting activities from top-tier employers, better managed campus events, improvements among career services staff and stronger preparation for students as they seek and secure employment upon graduation.

“We have a huge mandate for delivering services,” said Dr. Joan M. Browne, director of the CEDAR. “The goal is to conduct an assessment of our services to see where we are, where we ought to be and to identify the next steps in getting there.”

A final report with recommendations will be delivered to Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau in late March.

The team from Deloitte is currently conducting focus groups, interviews and surveys with students, faculty and staff. Kwasi Mitchell, the Deloitte project manager leading the review, said the company became involved because recruiters wanted more applicants from Howard. Mitchell said the Howard review is one of the largest pro bono projects Deloitte has undertaken.

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