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April 10, 2013, at 10:12 AM
By Tim Drake |
Another survey, this one from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, shows that employers desire graduates who have a broad, liberal arts education.
The findings of the "It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success" confirms the results of a previous survey, showing that many employers feel that colleges are not adequately preparing students for the work world.
The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that the AAC&U survey showed employers' support for the idea that students should be broadly educated and should apply their learning to the real world during college. More than half of employers indicated that recent college graduates should have "both field-specific knowledge and skills and a broad range of skills and knowledge."
The survey's results led to the creation of The LEAP Employer-Educator Compact between the AAC&U, 160 employers, and 107 college presidents.
Signatories pledged to promote students' access to a "21st-century liberal-arts education," expand opportunities for hands-on learning, document progress in students' ability to apply their learning, and advocate for college as a path to both career success and civic responsibility.
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