Only 11% of business leaders strongly agreed that graduates have the necessary skills and competencies to succeed in the workplace – Gallup Poll

Gallup recently released a report, What America Needs to Know About Higher Education Redesign, which offers some insight on the level of career readiness of today’s graduates.

Business leaders were asked to indicate their level of agreement with the following statement (on a five-point scale, where 5 means strongly agree and 1 means strongly disagree): Higher education institutions in this country are graduating students with the skills and competencies that MY business needs.”

  • 17%  =  1 (strongly disagree)
  • 17%  =  2
  • 34%  =  3
  • 22%  =  4
  • 11%  =  5 (strongly agree)

The report found that only “about one in ten business leaders strongly agree that higher education institutions in this country are graduating students with the skills and competencies their business needs.”

The survey also asked business leaders “In your opinion, what talent, knowledge, or skills should higher education institutions develop in students to best prepare graduates for success in the workforce in the coming years?”  The results are summarized in the table below.

Gallup Table Feb 2014 Report

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