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Narrow skills training fails to prepare students for jobs, liberal arts group argues

January 20, 2010

The Association of American Colleges and Universities issued a statement last week saying the push to increase America's college enrollment rate is too limited and could leave too many students with narrow training that fails to prepare them for jobs -- and for lives -- in the global economy.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities promotes curricula that give students both a broad grounding in the arts and sciences and a set of intellectual and practical skills, such as information literacy and proficiency in oral and written communication.

Carol Geary Schneider, the group's president, said the statement was prompted by the economic climate and the Obama administration's plans to pour billions of dollars into programs to help more students graduate from college (especially community college).

The association coupled its statement on "The Quality Imperative" [PDF] with the release of the results of a new poll of employers. Only 26 percent of respondents said two-year colleges were "doing a good job" of preparing students effectively for the challenges of today's global economy.

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