Colleges tout well-being, not just job prospects

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Monday, June 23, 2014

The well-being bandwagon is gaining traction across college campuses as administrators seek to demonstrate the value of college -- and broaden the definition of success beyond employment rates and earnings. Well-being is so integral to George Mason University that it is included in the school's 10-year strategic plan.

"If you think about what our goals are, we get people ready to have successful lives," says president Angel Cabrera. "A part of that, but only a part, is to have skills and knowledge that can land students a good job. It is also our responsibility to make sure they have habits and behaviors and awareness about how to have a good life."

The emphasis on well-being, sometimes called "positive psychology" or "the science of happiness," is rooted in scholarship suggesting that happiness can be learned. 

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