Linda Suskie

 A Common Sense Appr​oach to Assessment in Higher Education


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