Measuring Progress at Rio and Beyond

At the US-Canada Citizens Summit for Sustainable Development March 24-25, I facilitated a group discussion on metrics and indicators for measuring progress toward sustainable development goals. Indicators and targets are mentioned throughout the “Zero Draft” document titled “The Future We Want,” a 19-page document that distills over 6,000 some pages of viewpoints from member states and major groups. This document has been serving as the basis for negotiations, and hopefully will be adopted as some sort of “outcome document” at the Earth Summit in Rio this June.

Graduation snapshots

Graduation time is always both exciting and hectic for university administrators. In our office (Admissions & Financial Aid), we don’t have a main role in graduation activities except to help support (this year, we got to shuttle and hand off instruments to a group of our students who played a song during the ceremony, pass out fancy Yale blue rain ponchos to guests of graduates to stay dry in the well-timed downpours, and offer our congratulations to all of our amazing grads). However, as we say goodbye to the graduating class, we are still working with incoming students for the Fall 2012 term, and already thinking about our future admission cycle and planning recruitment events for the Fall! It is sort of fun at this time of year for us…

One of the most common questions we get here in admissions (from both prospective and admitted students) is “What do your graduates do after graduation?” This is a very important question, and knowing whether or not our Masters programs will set you up to help meet your career goals is not only an important factor for us to consider as part of the admissions process, but also for you to consider when evaluating what program is right for you!

Here at F&ES, CDO, or the Career Development Office, is wonderful. Not only do they provide services to our current students to make them competitive in the job market, but they also continue to advise and help our alumni post-graduation. They help make connections, they provide training to build skill…