1.24.2010

Communication skills

A brief article in USAToday (1/21/10, p. 7D) noted that a report from the Association of American Colleges and Universities points to a variety of failures in preparing students for the real world--nothing we didn't already know. What was especially interesting was that USAToday included as a sidebar to this report, the results from a study conducted last fall in which 302 employers were asked what skills they wanted students to have: 89% (the highest percentage)reported that it was effective communication skills(oral and written) and 81% (the next highest) noted critcial thinking and analytical reasoning skills--exactly what we teach in our basic courses. One wonders why so many colleges do not offer their students the opportunity to learn these essential skills--why are they stacking the deck against their own students? I just don't get it!

5 comments:

bketeyian said...

Interpersonal communication is so central, yet does not have an adequate place in our educational system.
www.communicationstyles.us is a good resource, offering a practical and unique approach to working effectively with communication styles.

Alisa said...

As you said Interpersonal Communication is very Important. Even after they are completing their college life, its a must when they are entering into their Career.

Anonymous said...

I think the reason colleges does not open to communication skills courses because they do not see it is important. May be they thought that we been communicate since we were born to this world and we can pick up all the communication skills along the way but does that solve the employers issue of incompetent employees in communication skills? If I may, I would like to get email address of Profesor Devito for invitation of International Communication of Communication Dynamics that will be held in Melaka, Malaysia as Keynote Speaker or would you contact me at hazmilah@utem.edu.my for further duscussion. Thank you.

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