Being student-centered to address the “skills gap”

The responsibility of colleges and universities to prepare students for their next step in life, be it grad school or the work force, has been a fairly hot topic over the last few years. Any number of politicians, including many here in Florida, have weighed in with their opinions on the matter. A recent book review from Inside Higher Ed addressed the “skills gap” issue head on. A key point raised by the authors highlights how a “diversified repertoire of skills” can help students succeed in any situation. The authors also discuss what employers were looking for in their new hires. Hora and Benbow state, “employers we spoke with described their ideal candidate as a hardworking, technically astute individual with strong problem-solving and communication skills who can work effectively as part of a team.”

All of us here at OLITS and the CITL are committed to helping our faculty create world-class learning opportunities for our students. Join the conversation and help us prepare our students to be the best of who they can be.

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