John Carroll’s liberal arts education cultivates the skills valued by 21st century employers.

According to results from recent surveys sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, (AAC&U):

  • Nearly all employers (91%) state that critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving abilities are more important than a potential employee’s undergraduate major. Employers give preference to college graduates with skills that enable them to contribute to innovation in the workplace.*
  • Nearly all employers (96%) agree that “all college students should have experiences that teach them how to solve problems with people whose views are different from their own.”*
  • More than three-quarters (78%) agree that “all college students should gain intercultural skills and an understanding of societies and countries outside the United States.”*
  • Employers place the greatest priority on skills and knowledge that cuts across majors: written and oral communication, teamwork skills, ethical decision making, critical thinking, and the ability to apply knowledge in real-world settings.*
  • Employers are increasingly globally connected and seek employees with intercultural skills as well as global knowledge and experience.**

Sources: *Hart Research Associates. Forthcoming. Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success. Washington, D.C.: Association of American College and Universities.

**Hart Research Associates. Forthcoming. Are College Students Prepared for America’s Global Future? Perspectives of Employers and College Students. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Colleges and Universities.

With its focus on foundational competencies (writing, oral communication, quantitative analysis, technological/information literacy), interdisciplinary and integrated learning, global knowledge, and ethical reasoning, John Carroll’s Integrative Core Curriculum prepares you to meet these expectations of college graduates.