Liberal Education Develops Skills Employers Want

Consistent with findings from 5 earlier surveys commissioned by AAC&U, the latest Hart Research shows that employers overwhelmingly endorse broad learning and cross-cutting skills as the best preparation for long-term career success. Individual faculty members certainly play key roles in providing or facilitating student learning.

Note: The employer data are taken from Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success, a 2015 report on findings from a survey of employers and a survey of college students conducted for AAC&U by Hart Research Associates. One of the goals of the survey is to understand which learning outcomes employers believe are most important to acquire to be able to succeed in today’s economy. Bucknell data are based on NSSE 2014 results and seniors who answered “Quite a bit” and “Very much” to question “How much has your experience at this institution contributed to your knowledge, skills, and personal development in the following areas?”

Please note that as all survey data the NSSE results are based on perceptions and are only one of many measures used to assess the quality of Bucknell education.

DataBytes is presented by the Office of Institutional Research & Planning

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