University of Charleston

NACE Center Project Results Strong for UC Students

Charleston, WV – June 9, 2020 – The University of Charleston received outstanding results from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Career Readiness pilot survey for higher education.

The survey showed that on average, students that graduate from UC are better prepared for life after graduation than other institutions – with nearly half of its graduates placing in the top two categories of assessment. Nationally, UC students excelled in teamwork, career management and global/intercultural fluency. Compare to entry level job candidates, UC students performed better in the categories of global/intercultural fluency, professionalism and career management.

Noting that the career readiness of college graduates is an important issue in higher education, NACE worked with SkillSurvey to give students, higher education professionals, and employers a consistent way to measure competencies as they relate to career readiness.

Behavioral statements were developed to assess career readiness according to NACE’s eight competencies—critical thinking/problem solving; oral/written communication; teamwork; digital technology; leadership; professionalism; career management; and global/intercultural fluency.

More than 80 colleges and universities were involved, and approximately 6,000 students, serving as interns or student workers, were part of the initial pool. Nearly 12,000 evaluators—made up of managers, co-workers, and mentors—provided their feedback on the students using the SkillSurvey instrument.

“I could not be happier with our students’ performance on the Career Readiness Survey pilot,” said Travis Kahle, Director of the Center for Career Development at UC. “This is a testament to the high quality education that students receive at the University of Charleston, which I believe to be the most dynamic and diverse institution of higher education in the great state of West Virginia.”


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