New York Times today has interesting story on making expensive college educations more relevant to actually getting, you know, a job. The story paints a gloomy picture for the future of philosophy and classics majors, but also notes that employers aren't demanding that college grads be career specialists.
The Association of American Colleges and Universities recently asked employers who hire at least 25 percent of their workforce from two- or four-year colleges what they want institutions to teach. The answers did not suggest a narrow focus. Instead, 89 percent said they wanted more emphasis on ''the ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing,'' 81 percent asked for better ''critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills'' and 70 percent were looking for ''the ability to innovate and be creative.''