WKU joins CPE initiative to bring 'employability skills' to college classrooms
- Council on Postsecondary Education
- Wednesday, December 1st, 2021
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education recently convened experts from colleges and universities across the state who will work to ensure public higher education curricula includes essential skills such as critical thinking, effective communication, collaboration and quantitative reasoning. Nearly three in four employers say they have a hard time finding recent college graduates with the essential soft skills needed to succeed in the workplace.
“Understanding how to adapt to new environments, problem solve and communicate well is as important as job-specific knowledge since the needs of our economy are ever evolving,” said CPE President Aaron Thompson. “Our statewide, cross-campus collaboration model will support skill-building opportunities at our colleges and universities that are intentional, accessible and built on proven best practices.”
The Kentucky Graduate Profile Academy is made up of three members from each of Kentucky’s eight, four-year public institutions and four Kentucky Community and Technical College System campuses. CPE will provide a $25,000 grant to each institution to support their efforts.
WKU members of the Kentucky Graduate Profile Academy are Dr. Molly Kerby, Assistant Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Professor of Sociology; Dr. Marko Dumancic, Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor of History; Dr. Molly Dunkum, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Colonnade co-director; and Dr. Jennifer Hanley (alternate), Associate Professor of History and Colonnade co-director.
The Academy will base its work on the Kentucky Graduate Profile, which outlines 10 essential skills that have been identified by higher education and workforce organizations:
- Communicate effectively
- Think critically in order to solve problems and create new ideas and solutions
- Apply quantitative reasoning skills to analyze and solve numerical problems
- Interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds
- Adapt to changing circumstances while leading and supporting others
- Perform professionally within their chosen field of study or occupation
- Engage in civic life to improve society
- Collaborate and work in teams
- Apply academic knowledge, skills and abilities to their chosen career
- Use information for decision-making
Contact: Sue Patrick, (502) 892-3051 or Sue.Patrick@ky.gov