Just released results from a survey commissioned by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) shows the on-going, and perhaps growing, expectation gap between businesses and colleges. According to the survey, employers think colleges and universities can do a better job preparing students for the workplace. Based on the survey, only 7% of businesses think colleges are doing an “Excellent” job of graduating students who are prepared for the workforce. Ouch!
The associated white paper adds its bottom line:
The alignment of institutional purpose with workforce knowledge and skill acquisition is not foreign to many colleges and schools that have operated successful educational and training programs for decades in the U.S. How quickly or profoundly the alignment and expectation will be applied ubiquitously to higher education remains to be settled.
Indeed it is.