With your future in mind…
University of Puget Sound graduates become researchers and scholars,
accomplished professionals in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and
elected officials, and international leaders in business and finance.
Committed to environmental responsibility, civic engagement, and
global awareness, our alumni embrace lives of leadership and service.
Critical thinking, informed problem solving, and principled decision-
making are the hallmarks of a liberal arts education, and these are
the qualities employers and business leaders search for in their future
employees. The value of a liberal arts education has never been
more evident.
Employers’ Views on
College Learning in the
Current Economy
The areas in which employers feel
that colleges most need to increase
their focus include 1) written and oral
communication, 2) critical thinking and
analytical reasoning, 3) the application
of knowledge and skills in real-world
settings, 4) complex problem-solving
and analysis, 5) ethical decision-making,
6)
teamwork skills, 7) innovation
and creativity, and 8) concepts and
developments in science and technology.
(
Raising the Bar: Employers’ Views on College
Learning in the Wake of the Economic Downturn
AAC&U/Hart Research Associates, 2010)
PROPORTION OF EMPLOYERS WHO SAY COLLEGES SHOULD PLACE
MORE
EMPHASIS THAN THEY DO TODAY ON SELECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES:
89%
written and oral communication
81%
critical thinking and analytical reasoning
79%
knowledge/skill application to real-world settings
75%
complex problem-solving and analysis
75%
ethical decision-making
71%
teamwork skills
70%
innovation and creativity
70%
science/technology conceptual development