ERIC Number: ED373618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
Reference Count: N/A
Generic Skills Requirement for Stakeholders: An Australian Case Study. AIR 1994 Annual Forum Paper.
Heskin, Ken; And Others
This case study examined which outcomes stakeholders desire for Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) degree graduates at Swinburne University of Technology (SUT) in Australia and whether they find these outcomes among graduates. The four stakeholder groups were current BIT undergraduates, BIT graduates, academic staff of SUT involved with the BIT Program, and employers of BIT graduates. Of 351 questionnaires mailed out, 167 were returned. Among the findings were the following: (1) all stakeholders rated team skills, listening skills, and proficiency in solving workplace problems as highly important; (2) all stakeholders also agreed that preparation for further postgraduate study, specialist training, and understanding of mathematical disciplines were low priorities; (3) BIT students rated writing ability significantly lower than academic staff or employers did; (4) academic staff rated student accomplishment in logical thinking, listening skills, self-discipline, and independence lower than students rated themselves in these skills; (5) in most instances employers rated graduate accomplishment higher than academic staff did. Includes four tables and four figures which detail study findings. (JB)
Descriptors: Bachelors Degrees, College Faculty, College Graduates, College Outcomes Assessment, College Students, Education Work Relationship, Employee Attitudes, Employer Attitudes, Employers, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Information Technology, Stakeholders, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: AIR Forum; Stakeholder Survey; Swinburne University of Technology (Australia)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (34th, New Orleans, LA, May 29-June 1 1994).