Colleges Seek New Ways to Give Students a General Education


What do college graduates today need to know? In the article below, colleges are carefully reviewing a long standing guideline developed in 1945 by professors at Harvard. The call at that time was for: honest thinking,
clearness of expression and the habit of gathering and weighing evidence before concluding. In a nutshell, this is the heart of critical thinking.

But colleges today are looking at those learning components in a larger context. Grads are entering a global world, and they need knowledge as well as these skills which employers require:
  *teamwork skills with diverse groups
  *strong written and oral communication
  *general success skills not tied to majors.

Employers want skills and experience, not merely knowledge and inert critical thinking skills. So today’s colleges must come up with learning outcomes whereby students can measure their progress in class and out in effort to become world-class ready.

Chronicle of Higher Education
By David Glenn

A balanced diet of course work—a mathematics class here, a few history and literature courses there—may be a fine and healthy thing. But course-distribution requirements probably are not enough to guarantee that undergraduates acquire a broad range of knowledge and skills.

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