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Core Information Fluency Program Plan

Developed at the 2015 ACRL Immersion Program Track

Skills Valued by Employers

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Employer vs. Student Perception of Proficiency

Figure 1: Employer vs. student perception of proficiency in career readiness competencies, by percentage of respondents. On professionalism/work ethic, 42.5 percent of employers rated recent grads proficient, while 89.4 percent of students considered themselves proficient. On oral/written communications, 41.6 percent of employers rated recent grads proficient, while 79.4 percent of students considered themselves proficient. On critical thinking/problem solving, 55.8 percent of employers rated recent grads proficient, while 79.9 percent of students considered themselves proficient. On teamwork/collaboration, 77 percent of employers rated recent grads proficient, while 85.1 percent of students considered themselves proficient. On leadership, 33 percent of employers rated recent grads proficient, while 70.5 percent of students considered themselves proficient. On digital technology, 65.8 percent of employers rated recent grads proficient, while 59.9 percent of students considered themselves proficient. On career management, 17.3 percent of employers rated recent grads proficient, while 40.9 percent of students considered themselves proficient. On global/intercultural fluency, 20.7 percent of employers rated recent grads proficient, while 34.9 percent of students considered themselves proficient. Source: Job Outlook 2018 (N=201 employing organizations) and The Class of 2017 Student Survey Report (N=4,213 graduating seniors), National Association of Colleges and Employers. The percentages corresponding to “rated proficient” represent, among all responding employers, the percentage who, on a five-point scale, rated recent graduates “very” (4) or “extremely” (5) proficient in the respective competency. The percentages corresponding to “considered proficient” represent, among all graduating seniors from the Class of 2017, the percentage who, on a five-point scale, considered himself/herself either “very” (4) or “extremely” (5) proficient in the respective competency.

Graduates in the Workplace

Graduates in the Workplace

What information competencies matter in today’s workplace? Library and Information Research, v.37/114, 2013.

Information competencies graduates applied from college to solving information problems in their daily jobs:
Evaluating research sources
Reading texts closely and critically
Dealing with large quantities of information and synthesizing
Framing research questions for implementing an iterative research strategy
Participants most frequently discussed challenges:
An increased sense of urgency permeates the workplace
Research tasks are assigned with little structure or direction
Information seeking and use is highly contextual and fundamentally social

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