Saturday, May 9, 2009

Skills and Areas by employers

The Association of American Colleges & Universities has published a report entitled "Our Students Best Work: A Framework for Accountability Worthy of Our Mission."   The report has some very interesting data including a list of Skills and Areas of Knowledge a majority of employers would like schools to emphasize more.  The list is below and notice the emphasize on reform standards based skills.

Concepts and new developments in science and technology 

Teamwork skills and the ability to collaborate with others in diverse group settings

The ability to apply knowledge and skills to real-world settings through internships or other hands-on experiences

The ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing

Critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills

Global issues and developments and their implications for the future

The ability to locate, organize, and evaluate information from multiple sources

The ability to be innovative and think creatively

The ability to solve complex problems

The ability to work with numbers and understand statistics

The role of the United States in the world

A sense of integrity and ethics

Cultural values and traditions in America and other countries

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