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ERIC Number: ED574442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
An Arts & Science Degree: Defining Its Value in the Workplace. CERI Research Brief 5-2013
Chan, Andy; Gardner, Phil
Collegiate Employment Research Institute
Why do another study on the Arts and Sciences (A&S) students (often referred to as liberal arts students) when the media, politicians, and many labor market pundits have been constantly devaluing their worth? When the value of education is under close scrutiny and parents are pushing their sons and daughters toward academic majors that lead to jobs that pay well, why do a study to aid their decision making when so many minds are apparently already made up? Much of the indecision among the A&S is hampered by the traditional mindset of faculty and administrators who slow or delay moving A&S degree programs toward more relevancy in today's economy. This paper supports a broader initiative led by Wake Forest University to (1) converse and rethink what success means for A&S students so that they can confidently enter the workplace; (2) encourage employers to recall the attributes and skills they most desire in entry-level college graduates beyond just their academic focus; and (3) identify college-based career development programs and initiatives that can lead to success. Andy Chan and Phil Gardner sought input from a group of employers who actively seek A&S students for their talent pool. Through their input the authors have drawn a profile of successful A&S students who are either engaged in the recruiting process or who have started their careers. They also captured obstacles that employers believe A&S students face in the recruiting process.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State University, Collegiate Employment Research Institute
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina