Podcast: The Key with Inside Higher Ed: Putting Career Readiness at Higher Ed’s Core

Posted by Inside Higher Ed on October 5, 2021

In this episode, two experts urge colleges to collect and share key information about their students’ career readiness and career success.

Many employers and critics of higher education think many colleges and universities focus too little on ensuring that their graduates thrive after they leave, and favor holding institutions accountable for how their students fare in the job market. That’s unpalatable to a lot of academics, who view a college education as about more than how much you earn.

The guests in this episode, Wake Forest University’s Andy Chan and Christine Cruzvergara of Handshake, endorse the view that colleges and universities should be collecting and sharing data about how well they are preparing students for success in the workplace, given that that’s the primary reason many students go to college.

But the set of common metrics they propose colleges use to measure their own performance is broad, and it includes such data as how much institutions expose students to experiential learning in college to graduates’ satisfaction with their jobs once they leave.

Listen here.

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