Colleges Seek New Ways to Give Students a General Education –

In a Chronicle report on the status of GenEd, Carol Geary Schneider, the president of the American Association of Colleges and Universities is quoted a citing

a 2006 survey, conducted by her association, in which employers said they wanted colleges to emphasize “teamwork skills in diverse groups,” “written and oral communication,” and other skills that are not exclusively tied to specialized majors.

And in a related 2008 survey, employers said they wanted student learning to be assessed through general demonstrations of skill, not multiple-choice tests of knowledge.

“The employers overwhelmingly wanted to see faculty-supervised assessments of students’ ability to apply their knowledge to real-world problems,” Ms. Schneider said. “Only 5 percent of employers wanted colleges to rely more on standardized tests.”

Build a better general demonstration of skill, and the world will beat a path to your interview-scheduling office.


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