Proposal Abstract

Undeniably, it's one of the most difficult questions that a liberal arts major will face in her academic career: “What are you going to do with that major?” In these economic times, it's a fair question. The dilemma for the student isn't helped when, often, professors can't offer answers other than “teaching” or “graduate school.” As educators, we can help answer that question by using competency-based grading rubrics geared toward enabling students to discuss their skills sets in light of corporate hiring. Assessment in this sense can become a way to inform students about both the skills they are acquiring and the future use of those skills. From this session, audience members will take away: 1) a deeper understanding of the compatibility of the liberal arts education with corporate world hiring; 2) strategies to highlight to liberal arts majors which corporate skills are being taught in their major programs; and 3) results of a brainstorming for integrating skills-based learning assessments with career planning/placements, either on the individual student level or in a university “center” model.

Location

Room 2911

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

 
Mar 7th, 4:00 PM Mar 7th, 4:45 PM

Learning Assessment, and Career Marketability: A Strategy for the Liberal Arts

Room 2911

Undeniably, it's one of the most difficult questions that a liberal arts major will face in her academic career: “What are you going to do with that major?” In these economic times, it's a fair question. The dilemma for the student isn't helped when, often, professors can't offer answers other than “teaching” or “graduate school.” As educators, we can help answer that question by using competency-based grading rubrics geared toward enabling students to discuss their skills sets in light of corporate hiring. Assessment in this sense can become a way to inform students about both the skills they are acquiring and the future use of those skills. From this session, audience members will take away: 1) a deeper understanding of the compatibility of the liberal arts education with corporate world hiring; 2) strategies to highlight to liberal arts majors which corporate skills are being taught in their major programs; and 3) results of a brainstorming for integrating skills-based learning assessments with career planning/placements, either on the individual student level or in a university “center” model.