Employers Want College Graduates Who Are Broadly Educated

Are you wondering about the usefulness of that history major?

The Association of American Colleges and Universities has just released a study showing that employers seek potential employees with broad liberal-arts training.  Here are some of the results:

  • 93% of the employers surveyed agree that “a candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major.
  • More than 90% of employers want employees who “demonstrate ethical judgment and integrity, intercultural skills, and the capacity for continued new learning.”
  • More than 75% of employers want colleges and universities to do a better job of training students in critical thinking, complex problem-solving, written and oral communication, and applied knowledge.
  •  Employers want field-specific knowledge and a broad range of skills that can only come from training in the liberal arts.
  • 74% of employers recommend a liberal arts education as the kind of education they would recommend for any young person who wants to “prepare for success in the today’s global economy.”

Read more about the report at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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