According to recent polling conducted by the American C ouncil on E ducation (ACE ), virtually all recent college and university graduates found their education worth the time and money spent (89 percent), and felt that the experience had prepared them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in a modern workforce. Overwhelmingly, alumni believe that colleges should provide them with critical thinking skills (31 percent) and prepare students for employment (28 percent). * Far beneath these two dominant issues, preparing students to solve the problems that face our country (17 percent) and preparing students to be responsible citizens (11 percent) were cited as priorities. * Producing innovations that fuel economic development (6 percent) and serving the community (2 percent) were rarely cited, indicating a potential disconnect in the understanding of the community and economic development role of colleges and universities.
Ask the By Melanie Corrigan Alumni W hile much is written about the challenges facing colleges and u
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