Welcome to the family home page for the Engagement and Employability Research Initiative at CMU! This program is a research guided initiative aimed at improving how students get involved on campus and learn career-relevant skills from those involvements.

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The Engagement and Employability Research Initiative is a workgroup of the Enrollment and Student Services Division (ESS) with the charge of studying how campus engagement and employment outcomes are connected. Past research findings have demonstrated that involvement in co-curricular activities helps build skills and experiences desired by CMU employers. Additionally, undergraduate students do not value co-curricular activities in the same way as employers. This initiative looks to close that gap and educate students on the value of getting involved.

The Role of Family

A major focus of this initiative is working with parents and family members to become learning partners in your student's co-curricular journey. On this site, you will find resources that will inform conversations with your student, helping them consider the different ways for them to get involved as well as the importance of reflecting on the value of those involvements. You can also find more information about the research behind this initiative and the ways CMU is working to improve co-curricular education.

New Initiatives

In 2018-2019, we are testing a communication plan that works with family members of first-year CMU students. You will be able to find a variety of resources related to this on the menu to the right (bottom of the page on mobile devices). Next year, we will be rolling out a variety of new programs that will accessible by all students and family members.