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November 30, 2018

Report: Colleges must teach liberal arts grads to merge hard and soft skills

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By James Paterson, Education Dive

As the debate over the direction of higher education shifts between calls for emphasizing student learning in either hard or soft skills, a new report from the Strada Institute and labor market analytics firm Emsi contends liberal arts students need both — and more. The report says students need a mix of technical and human skills and that it’s the role of colleges and universities to help students identify what combination they need. The study used data from more than 100 million social and professional profiles and resumes as well as more than 36 million job postings.  Leadership, communications and problem-solving are among the most-needed skills in the job market, and liberal arts graduates can add value to their workplaces by combining them with basic technology skills such as data analysis and digital fluency. The report notes there is “discernible labor market demand” for such workers.

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