If you were to guess what percentage of 4-year college graduates are rated by their employers as having excellent critical thinking skills, what percentage would you guess? Valuing higher education as I do and having invested much time, effort, and finances in my own degree, I had guessed (and hoped) it would be rather high. It is the responsibility of colleges and universities to prepare students for their future careers. This preparation, of course, includes critical thinking training, right? Wrong.Just 28% of employers rated 4-year college graduates as having excellent critical thinking skills. Click To Tweet
If that doesn’t make your stomach churn, I don’t know what will. College students, like me, are spending countless hours and thousands of dollars a year to earn a degree that does not provide us with the appropriate tools to effectively problem solve in the workplace. This fact is obviously unacceptable to both students and their future employers, but what can we do? Are college students today simply incapable of thinking critically? Of course not.
There is hope! And that hope lies in the hands of higher education administrators and educators. Times are changing and colleges and universities must change with them. The three R’s, reading, writing, and arithmetic, are no longer going to cut it in this fast-paced age of innovation. Students must also be taught the four C’s, communication, collaboration, creativity, and, you guessed it, critical thinking!
So whether you are a college student, an employer, an educator, or just someone that believes in the power of critical thinking, share this article and make the case for critical thinking training in higher education. We can be taught; you just need to teach us.
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About the Author: Melanie Welsh is a Marketing Intern at Pearson TalentLens. She has an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration and is currently working on a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Marketing at Delaware Valley College. Connect with her on LinkedIn to learn more about her experience and goals.