Competencies & Outcomes

What is career readiness? The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has recently defined "career readiness as: "...the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace."

We believe that a liberal arts education fulfills these competencies better than any other approach to higher education.

Career Readiness Competencies

A liberal arts education provides critical thinking, communication skills and a broad base of knowledge that emphasizes the interconnectedness of life. What does this mean for the work force? NACE provides 'career-readiness' competencies to guide your personal and professional development.

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. 

Oral/Written Communications: Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms.

 

Teamwork/Collaboration: Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. 

Digital Technology: Leverage exiting digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. 

Leadership: Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach, develop, guide and motivate others.

Professionalism/Work Ethic: Demonstrate personal accountability including productive work habits, punctuality, and time management while maintaining a professional work image. 

Career Management: Understand and articulate one's skills, strengths, and knowledge to identify areas for professional growth.

Global/Intercultural Fluency: Value, respect and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations and religions.