Tuesday, November 26, 2013

No More Digitally Challenged Liberal Arts Majors

"The liberal arts have been at the forefront of supplying the kind of graduates that employers say they like: critical thinkers who can write, ask the right questions, and learn on their own.  But we have also been slow to encourage the kinds of specific skills that most employers demand of even entry-level graduates." As William Pennapacker points out in his recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education: “Rather than mere assertions of ability, employers want concrete examples of how job candidates have demonstrated those skills." So what kinds of things can we do to ensure that our students are not only well-rounded when they leave campus, but truly viable as well?

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