The world of work evolves through technological advances, globalization, and workforce diversification; the need for competent, responsible leaders grows; and the value of a liberal arts education is challenged.
- Are we, as a higher education institution ready for what the future holds?
- Are our students prepared to serve generously, lead responsibly and respond imaginatively and creatively to the challenges of their work, life and communities as our WSU mission states?
- How do they know they are ready?
The Career Readiness theme team used the National Association of Colleges and Employers Career Readiness Model, which through extensive research identified eight core competencies that employers seek in college graduates.These eight core competencies align well with the University’s student learning outcomes and complement many of the learning outcomes of academic programs.This model created a framework to assist students to identify, articulate, and advance these eight core competency areas through curricular and co-curricular programming.
The theme also invited academic programs to highlight and share their best practices around competency identification, articulation, and advancement unique to their disciplines.