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From the Vice President

Assuring Student Success Requires Programming “Beyond the Major”

Students’ success is our number one priority at Boise State University. With more than 200 areas of study in seven academic colleges, we provide many options for today’s students to earn a degree in the field of their choice. We know, however, in the competitive workforce of the 21st century, students need to be prepared “beyond the major” to have the competitive edge when they graduate.

During his annual State of the University Address, President Bob Kustra reaffirmed that Boise State would continue to offer new pathways of learning, hands-on experience and high-demand skills and competencies to all students, whether they choose to major in the arts, humanities, sciences or technology. These pathways are found across disciplines in our exciting and innovative programs, campus activities and living learning communities.

Some examples include a unique collaboration with Harvard Business School that offers students access to the Harvard HBX Core business certificate while they earn credit toward their graduation here.

Available for all majors is Boise State’s Bridge to Career program that allows students to add value to their degree by gaining practical skills in personal and business finance, data visualization, digital marketing, organizational behavior, project management and value creation among several other subjects.

The WorkU program offers an immersive learning and working experience for students, regardless of major, with one of Boise’s largest employers. Through this course, students receive mentoring and tackle projects that provide hands-on experience, meet the employers’ goals and provide the students with a wide range of professional experience. Weekly coaching sessions help the students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Talented, highly motivated students are drawn to the personalized attention of Boise State’s Honors College, which brings together 900 outstanding students from every major in smaller classes that provide dynamic interactions between students, faculty and distinguished visitors. The new Honors College and Sawtooth Hall building opened this fall across from the Student Union building. The living learning facility combines housing with dining facilities, classrooms, and spaces designed to boost the student residential experience.

Our students enjoy access to some of the world’s leaders in their fields, state-of-the-art research opportunities, and programs in multiple fields of designed to ensure they achieve their graduation goals on time and on a budget, gain practical experience and are prepared to enter the workforce a step ahead.  Ensuring we continue to enhance our student’s academic experience beyond the major is a university-wide commitment, requiring leadership innovation and financial resources.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we’ve been able to continue to improve the experience for our students, assuring they will have the competitive edge when competing for the job of their choice upon graduation and career preparation for a lifetime.

Thank you!



Laura C. Simic is vice president for advancement at Boise State University.

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