Beating expectations

Beating expectations

Sep 11
Richard Vogen, Director, Planning and Research Development
  

When share prices rise on Wall Street, the reason usually involves beating the prevailing expectations of investors, analysts, and pundits. Last Saturday, something similar happened in Memorial Stadium. The odds makers in Las Vegas and even the faithful in Champaign gave the Fighting Illini little chance to defeat the Cincinnati Bearcats. But Coach Beckman’s gridiron team defied the odds, executed better than anticipated, and won the contest, 45-17! There was a palpable sense of enthusiasm this weekend in the community and guarded optimism for the future. You might say the stock price of the Fighting Illini went up.

Likewise, when our students show up in board rooms and other professional venues, we often hear testimony that our ACES students are extraordinarily talented, poised, and prepared. That is no accident. Like the team that performs beyond expectations, students who excel in ways that add value to their own stock in professional environments do so because of their abilities and their hard work. Many of our ACES students tend to beat expectations. And that increases the value of their Illinois education over the long haul. Oskee-wow-wow!

 

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