Now Why Wouldn’t You Lead With This?

“There’s evidence, though, that employers also don’t want students specializing too soon. 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 “the ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing,” 81 percent asked for better “critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills” and 70 percent were looking for “the ability to innovate and be creative.””

That quote, taken from this lengthy NYT article a colleague sent me, should have been more influential in picking a headline for the article. I could go on a long diatribe, the likes of which we haven’t heard since “Boston Legal” was cancelled, but I’ll refrain from waiving the banner I’ve waived so many times in the past about building so called “soft skills” like verbal and written communication and critical thinking skills. (anyone requiring information on run-on sentences, contact the writer of the last )

I’ll refrain from the “banner waive” and just encourage you to invest the time in reading the article–I couldn’t waive it better myself 😉

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About Art

I'm the Director of Academic Advising at Quincy College. I'm hoping this can be a place to express the occasional thought that may mean something to someone. . .we'll see. I'm also a musician--I play the string bass in primarily the jazz and classical idioms (though I love many kinds of music and have played everything from folk and bluegrass to new wave and hard rock). And, as an Italian-American, I love good food and good wine. . .basically,don't be surprised by posts on any of the topics mentioned above ;)
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