February 12th, 2013
Liberal arts majors or not, students need more career guidance: Colleges and universities need to invest more, not less, in their career development resources, writes Andy Chan, vice president of personal and career development at Wake Forest, in an op-ed appearing in the Charlotte Observer. The piece was written in response to Gov. Pat McCrory’s statement on national radio about the disconnect between skills taught in North Carolina’s public universities and what businesses want from college graduates.
“The governor is partially correct. But the disconnect is not due to course of study; the problem is that most colleges and universities do not effectively provide student career development programs required for successful short and long-term employment. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, rather than investing in students, colleges are cutting career development resources by an average of 16 percent this year.…”