hiring decision-makers believe that the post-secondary education system could do a better job preparing students for the workplace

Closing the Gap between Career Education & Employer Expectations: Implications for America’s Unemployment Rate

“…a survey commissioned by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) will be released at the National Press Club, showing that many hiring decision-makers believe that the post-secondary education system could do a better job preparing students for the workplace. The study, conducted by FTI Consulting, surveyed 1,006 professionals – representing various industries in the United States – who make hiring decisions on whether job applicants have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the workplace.

Only seven percent of hiring decision-makers believe the post-secondary education system does an “excellent” job preparing students for the workforce, while 54 percent say it does a “good” job and 39 percent say “only fair” or “poor.” Forty-five percent of decision-makers believe that most students would be better served by an education that specifically prepares them for the workplace.”

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