Liberal Education and Employment

When we think of liberal education skills, we often consider their value in encouraging the development of our students into broadly knowledgeable, well-rounded, thinkers who contribute to their communities and world, and rightly so.  However, it is also important to consider the value of liberal arts competencies through the framework of employment, as preparing students for this is also one of our tasks.  Attached is a report commissioned by the American Association of Colleges and Universities, indicating the importance that employers place on liberal arts proficiencies, alongside specialized skills learned in particular majors, in the employees they hire and hope to retain.  No matter the particular fields, employers want critical thinkers, who express themselves well in both written and verbal form, and are able to collaborate in groups, etc.  The report attached indicates important liberal arts skills that employers seek, as well as some of the discrepancies in how prepared students thinl they are in these area vs. employers.  An interesting read!

http://www.aacu.org/sites/default/files/files/LEAP/2015employerstudentsurvey.pdf

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