April 17, 2024

With badges, colleges take a hard look at teaching soft skills

Author: Ray Schroeder
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By Shailaja Neelakantan, Education Dive

Employer demand for new hires with skills like critical thinking and communication has pushed colleges to find ways to show that students have those abilities.  Microcredentials are a trend du jour in U.S. higher education, and while tech-related ones are still the most popular, those pertaining to so-called “soft” skills — such as initiative, oral communication, resilience, empathy and critical thinking — form a considerable share of the offerings. That’s at least in part because multiple recent studies cite company executives lamenting the lack of such skills in the recent college graduates they hire. Many colleges around the country have begun to offer soft skills badges, either as new courses or by embedding them into existing curricula.


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