IUPUI Part of Pilot on Student Employability

Posted: Updated:
(photo courtesy IUPUI) (photo courtesy IUPUI)
INDIANAPOLIS -

IUPUI is one of 14 higher education institutions taking part in a pilot program designed to find ways to determine if schools are property preparing students for the workforce. The Essential Employability Qualities Pilot is part of an effort to develop standards for providing graduates with the qualities sought by employers.

The program is being led by The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher and Postsecondary Education. At IUPUI, the bachelor of arts programs in philanthropic studies in the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, along with the English and paralegal studies programs at the IU School of Liberal Arts are participating in the pilot.

The pilot is looking at ways to assess higher education institutions to see if they are intentionally doing the following:

  • Develop essential employability qualities within students.
  • Engage students and employers in quality assurance.
  • Assure that graduates are prepared for the employment world after they complete their program.
  • Communicate openly and accurately with the public.

IUPUI cites a 2015 Gallup-Purdue Index report which says 98 percent of chief academic officers rate their schools as "very or somewhat effective" at preparing students for employment, while only 11 percent of business leaders say graduating students "have the necessary skills and competencies."

"That gap is large enough to show there's a serious issue about communication on what graduates should be able to do," said Bill Plater, senior scholar at The QA Commons and executive vice chancellor and dean of the faculties emeritus at IUPUI. "We've been talking to many employers, and almost every one of them has a set of expectations of what employees need to do to be successful. Employers are great at looking at the specific skill a person needs in the field of work, but what they don't really know how to do well is assess things like critical thinking, communication skills and problem-solving."

The university says participants in the EEQ Pilot are looking to develop specific qualities in graduates, including:

  • People skills such as collaboration, teamwork and cross-cultural experience.
  • Problem-solving abilities such as inquiry, critical thinking and creativity.
  • Professional strengths such as communication, work ethic and technological agility.

The pilot is being funded by a grant from the Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation.

  • Perspectives

    • Tax Planning: Now’s the Time to Tackle It!

      Year-end is still months away, but smart investors have already begun their tax planning. Spending time analyzing your capital-gain situation could benefit you come next April 15th, no matter what investment vehicles you use - individual securities, mutual funds, exchange traded funds, or others. Here's how…

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Indy Hotels Among Top in Midwest

      Three Indianapolis hotels are among Condé Nast Traveler's Top 25 Hotels in the Midwest. The rankings include two hotels that have made the list three years in a row and one making its debut. The JW Marriott Indianapolis ranks third on this year's list, followed by The Conrad, which is eighth and Ironworks Hotels appearing on the list for the first time at number 17. You can see the full rankings by...

    • Ambrose Amps up Ambition For Old GM Stamping Site

      An Indianapolis-based developer has greatly expanded its original investment plans for the city's former GM Stamping Plant site. Ambrose Property Group's vision now includes projects totaling nearly $1.4 billion, more than doubling the $550 million scope detailed last year. During a community event Friday, the company and Mayor Joe Hogsett announced the name of the more than 100-acre, downtown district: Waterside. Plans now call for...

    • Indy Airport Scores Top Honor Again

      Indianapolis International Airport has again been named Best Airport in the United States by a global leisure publication. The Condé Nast Traveler recognition is the fifth straight for IND. The Best Airport designation is part of Traveler's annual Readers Choice Awards, which is built on feedback from more than 100,000 comments and millions of ratings. In addition to airports, favorites were tallied for hotels, resorts and destinations.

    • Daniels Envisions Purdue, Region as 'Cooler Place'

      Purdue University President Mitch Daniels says a more than $1 billion live, work, play development on the West Lafayette campus will be a magnet for attracting and keeping top talent in the region. The Discovery Park District is part of a 30-year vision to transform the west side of the Purdue campus and create a "preeminent environment" for educational, economic, cultural and community activities in the region.

    • NTN Driveshaft Proposing $90M Expansion

      NTN Driveshaft Inc. in Columbus is planning a $90 million expansion. In a tax abatement request with the Bartholomew County city, the automotive component supplier said the investment will lead to 74 new jobs and help retain a current full-time workforce of nearly 1,600. NTN Driveshaft is one of the largest employers in Columbus and last year, it opened a more than $140 million facility in Anderson. It launched operations in Bartholomew County in 1989 and says...