Who Needs A Liberal Education These Days?

ACADEME BLOG

This is a re-post from the “On the Issues” blog of the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education [http://futureofhighered.org/on-the-issues/]

Anyone who wants a job, it seems.  According to a recent survey of employers by the Association of American Colleges and Universities reported in It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success, employers want a broadly educated graduate rather than one with the kind of narrow job-specific skills so often touted in current discussions of “workforce preparation.”

Consider these findings from the survey summary:

“Nearly all those surveyed (93%) agree, ‘a candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major.’

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