March 14th, 2016
Especially since the recent economic downturn and in light of the increasingly competitive global economy, employers express concerns about whether the U.S. is producing enough college graduates and whether they have the skills, knowledge, and personal responsibility to contribute to a changing workplace and help companies and organizations succeed and grow. This report provides a detailed analysis of employers’ priorities for the kinds of learning today’s college students need to succeed in this innovation-fueled economy. It also reports on changes in educational and assessment practices that employers recommend.
This report is part of a series on surveys and focus groups that the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has commissioned since 2005, when it began its national initiative, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP). These employer and civic leader studies have informed the work of hundreds of colleges and universities and state systems as they seek to develop strong curricula and educational practices that will better prepare today’s students for success as workers and citizens in the 21st century.