By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Employers say they are “sick of encountering” new college grads without job skills. And colleges are “sick of hearing” that their alumni aren’t employable.READ MORE: First Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 Omicron Variant Reported In Philadelphia, New Jersey
The concern in about a half dozen universities in the Washington DC area is the acceptability of workplace badges.READ MORE: Joel Embiid's Late Jumper Caps 76ers' Rally Past Hawks, 98-96
The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that there has been a movement in the past few years for badges and other forms of “microcredentials” at a time when nine out of ten students report that their main reason for going to college is to get a good job.
In the next nine months, teams from “21st Century Skills Badging Challenge,” comprised of employers and outside experts will identify elements that underlie skills – like leadership, storytelling and an entrepreneurial mind-set and find ways to assess students’ proficiency. They will then get outside organizations to validate those skills that carry weight with employers.MORE NEWS: Family Of Fallen Delaware County Firefighter Has Mortgage Fully Paid Off
The badges will incorporate skills known as the C’s – critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. It will be interesting to see if this effort starts a trend.