According to the WSJ …
9 out of 10 business owners surveyed by the American Association Colleges and Universities said that recent college graduates as poorly prepared for the work force in such areas as critical thinking, communication and problem solving.
“Employers are say that they don’t care about all the knowledge you learned because it’s going to be out of date two minutes after you graduate … they care about whether you can continue to learn over time and solve complex problems.”
Are employers being too critical?
Maybe, employers are being just a tad too critical …
The Council for Aid to Education reports that 4 in 10 U.S. college students graduate without the complex reasoning skills to manage white-collar work.
CAE broadly administers a test that doesn’t cover subject-area knowledge, but rather assesses “highly transferrable skills” like critical thinking, analytical reasoning, document literacy, writing and communication—essentially evaluating the baseline requirements for “professionals”.
The 40% of students who didn’t meet a standard deemed “proficient” were unable to read a scatter plot, construct a cohesive argument or identify a logical fallacy.
What’s going on?
According to the CAE:
“Colleges are increasing their attention to the social aspects on campus to keep students happy; there is not enough rigorous academic instruction.”