About half of business students said they had an inspiring professor while in college, but 70 percent of arts students had a teacher inspire them.
A key component to the lives of almost every college student is a support system. Support can come from family, friends, counselors and sometimes even professors.
But not if you are a Business major.
A Gallup poll of recent college graduates found that fewer than one in 10 college graduates who majored in business reported receiving emotional support from faculty and staff while in college. That was the lowest level of such reporting among four general undergraduate majors studied by Gallup.
In contrast, among college graduates who majored in the arts and humanities, 18 percent said they received significant emotional support from professors while in school. Fifteen percent of social science and education majors received emotional support and 12 percent of sciences and engineering students were supported emotionally by staff.
The numbers were higher, but still remained similar in relation to each other, among recent graduates. For instance, 25 percent of recent arts and humanities students reported receiving emotional support while only 13 percent of business school students felt that way.
In Gallup’s study, college graduates were asked to respond to three statements, and those that responded “strongly agree’’ to all three statements were considered to have had “emotional support’’ from teachers and staff while at college.
The statements were:
I. I had at least one professor who made me excited about learning.
II. My professors cared about me as a person.
III. While attending college, I had a mentor who encouraged me to pursue by goals and dreams.
The results were part of a study by Purdue University and Lumina Foundation to determination the relationship between the college experience and the lives of college graduates after school. The study is based on the theory that those who received strong emotional support while at college are more engaged when they get into the workforce.
Looking at the statements individually, 51 percent of business majors said they had an inspiring professor, while 70 percent of arts and humanities students had a professors who excited them about learning. Social sciences (66 percent) and sciences and engineering (58 percent) were both higher than business students.
While a mentor could be an older student, a counselor or an advisor, only 14 percent of business students had one in college. Twenty-six percent of arts and humanities students were lucky enough to be unofficially mentored. Social sciences (24 percent) and science and engineering (20 percent) were still higher than business school in the mentoring department.
Almost one-third of arts and humanities students said they had a professor who cared about them, while only 21 percent of business majors were so lucky.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.