Available in April 2015

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“At this time of increasing doubt and uncertainty in higher education, Clydesdale has given us a shining path forward. The Purposeful Graduate is well reasoned yet passionate in its recommendations. It is also a good read, filled with compelling stories of young people searching for meaningful vocations in our complex world. I recommend it to anyone who cares about the future of higher education in this country.”
—William Damon, Stanford University

“There are all sorts of books offered about how to improve higher education, energize students, incentivize teaching, and so forth. But Clydesdale’s focus on vocation as a fundamental impetus for directing the student’s course in college and beyond makes his book stand out. It is a simple notion that can be generalized to all of higher education, and he offers a bevy of programmatic initiatives that are as feasible as they are sensible.”
—George Dennis O’Brien, president emeritus of the University of Rochester

I’m delighted to announce that my second book will be released in April by the University of Chicago PressTo view a brief description of it, or pre-order, visit the book’s page at the University of Chicago Press or Amazon.

For a sample of what readers will discover in The Purposeful Graduate, see my essay in the Winter 2014 issue of Liberal Education: “Holy Grit! The Effects of Purpose Exploration Programming on Undergraduate Engagement and Life Trajectories.” 

Research for my forthcoming book was generously funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.  You can read about that grant here: The Life & Vocation of American Youth Project