Survey: UNC System Grads Deficient in Work Skills

schoolCarolina Journal – Results from an employer survey recently released by the University of North Carolina system suggest that graduates of the state’s 16 public universities — especially those from less selective schools — are deficient in terms of their written and oral communication, work ethic, and workplace etiquette. These results match those of national employer surveys.

At the system’s Board of Governors meeting in August, however, some board members and system officials — echoing recommendations made by the surveyed employers — proposed expanding career counseling and internship opportunities.

First-term BOG member Joe Knott, a Raleigh attorney, questioned that approach. “Does [expanding career services] take resources and funds away from the primary goal of the university, which is to educate?” he asked. “Rather than us placing [students] out, let’s place more into the student.”

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