With practitioner faculty on their side, students gain valuable insight into industry best practices and trends, along with potential career and networking allies in the professional fields they plan to enter — both with faculty and fellow students.
“We keep our class sizes [relatively] small. We know our students’ names and we know what their goals are,” Blundell says.
Sometimes University faculty members are even able to complement the work of academic counselors by helping students define their academic and career goals. “Sometimes a student and faculty member work together to unlock a career potential for that student,” Booker says. “The faculty member might see something special and say, ‘This is what you need to home in on — and I know because I’m a hiring manager,’ or, ‘These are the trends I’m seeing right now.’”
In the end, it seems to be working. University students consistently report that University of Phoenix faculty are top-notch. When rating how likely they would be to recommend their instructor to other students (on a 0 to 10 scale, with 10 being extremely likely), faculty are rated 8.9 out of 10.*
And that’s just keepin’ it real. Or, as University of Phoenix would say, real world.