At least half of employers view the skills of a liberal education as “very important” for college graduates

Bar chart showing percentages of employers who rate liberal education skills for college grads as very important, somewhat important, or not at all/not very important: Ability to work effectively in teams: 62%, 31%, 7%; Critical thinking skills: 60%, 35%, 5%; Ability to analyze & interpret data: 57%, 34%, 8%; Applications of knowldege/skills in real-world settings: 56%, 36%, 8%; Digital literacy: 55%, 36%, 9%; Ability to demonstrate complex problem-solving skills: 54%, 39%, 7%; Ethical judgment & reasoning: 54%, 37%, 9%; Ability to communicate through writing: 54%, 36%, 10%; Ability to locate, evaluate, and use information in decision making: 53%, 40%, 7%; Creative thinking: 53%, 39%, 8%; Ability to communicate/work with people from different cultural backgrounds: 53%, 36%, 10%; Ability to communicate through speaking/presentation skills: 52%, 41%, 7%; Ability to work with numbers & statistics: 52%, 38%, 10%; Ability to integrate ideas/information across settings & contexts: 51%, 42%, 7%; Civic skills/civic engagement: 41%, 42%, 16%.

Source: Finley, A. (2021). How college contributes to workforce success: Employer views on what matters most. Washington, DC: AAC&U/Hanover Research. Chart is from p. 6.

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