Thought some of you might be interested in this.
>Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 07:11:18 -0500
>From: Ivan Nikolov <inikolov@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Subject: [Faculty] global skills
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>FYI. By the way, international educators nation wide have been invited to
>discuss the implications of this article.
>Employers want new way to judge graduates beyond tests, grades
>By Mary Beth Marklein, <http://usatoday.com/>USA TODAY
>Colleges have been scrambling over the past year to respond to
>recommendations from a national commission that they be clearer to the
>public about what students have learned by the time they graduate.
>Sometime in the next several weeks, for example, a national online
>initiative will be launched that allows families to compare colleges on
>measures such as whether they improve a students critical-thinking skills.
>Tools for such measurements were recommended by the national commission,
>which was created by Education Secretary Margaret Spellings. The group
>released its recommendations in late 2006.
>Now, a sampling of the nations employers have weighed in. And they are not
>The survey of 301 business leaders nationwide suggests that colleges find
>ways to assess a students ability to apply college learning to real-world
>Forget transcripts, multiple-choice tests or institutional scores. The
>surveyed business leaders want faculty assessment of internships, senior
>projects or community-based work.
>Too many policymakers and educational leaders are focused on the tests
>rather than on what is really important: whether students are learning
>what they need to know,says Roberts Jones, president of Education &
>Workforce Policy, a consulting firm based in Alexandria, Va.
>The survey, conducted by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, was released
>Tuesday by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, a
>non-profit national organization that promotes a liberal arts education.
>It builds on a survey last year in which business leaders said 63% of
>graduates are not prepared for the global economy.
>Carol Geary Schneider, the associations president, said the survey
>findings suggest colleges and universities look for new ways to
>demonstrate student success.
>We need to invent new forms of accountability that look at such issues as
>global knowledge and self-direction and intercultural competence, not just
>at critical thinking and communication skills,she says.
>Among survey details:
>"57% said half or fewer of todays college graduates have the full set of
>skills and knowledge necessary to advance in todays workplace.
>And though most say graduates are reasonably well-prepared in a variety of
>areas, they are not exceptionally strong in any.
> * 40% said a faculty supervisors assessment of a students internship
> in a real-world setting would be very useful.
> * 14% said a score showing how an applicants college compares with
> others in advancing studentscritical-thinking skills would be very useful.
> * 13% said college transcripts are very useful.
> * 6% said an applicants score on a multiple-choice test of general
> content knowledge would be very useful.
>Dr. Ivan Nikolov
>Center for International Programs
>Valdosta State University
>204 Georgia Avenue
>Valdosta GA 31698
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