Christendom College

Employers Find Solace in Liberal Arts

April 19, 2016

classroom-willsonAccording to a new study from the Monitor Institute, business leaders are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with how students are being educated in both high school and college in the modern day. While they are looking for leaders who can think critically, solve problems, and communicate well, schools are instead producing graduates with a weaker skill set, thanks to the limitations of a specialized education.

Christendom College is the exception to that 21st century norm, providing students with a well-rounded, liberal arts education that is preparing them to be the leaders employers want, and need, in their workplace.

The new study from the Monitor Institute, a part of New Profit Inc., looked across K-12, higher-education and workplace frameworks to see what skills are generally desired by all three, finding that most of them fall into two categories: “academic knowledge” and “power skills.” While both are important, employers have come to the conclusion that many academic institutions are failing to impart these power skills to students, such as oral communication, critical thinking, professionalism, teamwork, and more.

For today’s business leaders, these skills are becoming harder and harder to come by, leading to a great disconnect between businesses and colleges, according to the Monitor Institute.

“Generally, employers hold a low opinion of college and K-12’s ability to prepare students,” says the report. “Only 11% of business leaders and 14% of Americans ‘strongly agree’ that today’s undergraduates are leaving college with the skills and competencies they need to succeed in their workplaces.”

The U.S. education system’s increasing focus on STEM education over the liberal arts in the past decade has resulted in graduates who have technical skills, but lack the creativity to become innovative with them, as shown in the new study.

While many colleges are failing to provide students with the skills they need to succeed after graduation, Christendom College has been providing students with these skills since its founding, thanks to its time-tested, authentic, Catholic liberal arts education. Such an education helped make the United States a world leader in innovation and entrepreneurship, and helped prepare countless people to become the great heroes, saints, scholars, and scientists of the past 2000 years.

The “power-skills” desired by employers today are all found within a liberal arts curriculum, which focuses on imparting to students the knowledge that shaped Western Civilization, found in the works of Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, C.S. Lewis, and more. Students with this well-rounded, educational background are those who will change the world in the future, as entrepreneurs, business leaders, and more.

To read the full report from the Monitor Institute, please click here.

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