Interesting NY Times article by Kate Zernike, on colleges focusing more on training for specific jobs and careers:
The Association of American Colleges and Universities recently asked employers who hire at least 25 percent of their workforce from two- or four-year colleges what they want institutions to teach. The answers did not suggest a narrow focus. Instead, 89 percent said they wanted more emphasis on â€œthe ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing,â€ 81 percent asked for better â€œcritical thinking and analytical reasoning skillsâ€ and 70 percent were looking for â€œthe ability to innovate and be creative.â€
If the survey numbers from this article are accurate, a broad-based curriculum is what employers want. Given the recent economy woes and increasing tuition costs though, such an education sounds more like a luxury. Maybe it’s an issue of quantifying learning: on a resume, it appears more impressive when you can list several specific skills, versus listing that you “work very well with others and articulate.”
What do you think?