Linda Suskie

  A Common Sense Approach to Assessment & Accreditation


What do students most need to learn today?

Posted on September 14, 2013 at 8:10 AM

I've reviewed a number of surveys of employers, and the following crop up most often, in roughly the following order:

• Teamwork and collaboration, including listening

• Written and oral communication, especially articulating ideas clearly and effectively

• Real-world problem solving, especially complex problems, under pressure or “on the fly”

• Critical thinking and analysis, especially in evaluating information and conclusions

• Flexibility and adaptability to change, including the capacity to continue learning

• Creativity and innovation

• Intercultural knowledge and skills, especially working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds

• Ethical judgment

• Quantitative and computer skills, especially understanding numbers and statistics


 This list is similar to but not the same as AAC&U's Essential Outcomes (LEAP goals) and Lumina's Degree Qualifications Profile.


How do your college's program and general education learning outcomes compare to this list? Are your students graduating with the skills they need for success in the 21st century?

Categories: Learning goals

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Reply Amy Lane
10:38 AM on March 28, 2018 
Hi Linda,
I was just reading several of your blog posts and ran across this one from 2013. It is good to see that the National Association of Colleges and Employers has helped to define a list of Career Readiness Skills that are being used in many ways across the nation:

If we can start with a list that we can define and then add to it for our specific college and university missions it may make it easier to have conversations around defined learning objectives, What are your thoughts?

Amy Lane