Students Graduating with Critical Thinking Deficiencies

By Peggy Bresnick | September 8, 2022 | Fierce Education

Students have arrived on campus, moved into their dorms, and settled into college life at higher education institutions across the U.S. They are investing the next years of their lives into studying and working on earning a college degree. But how valuable is that degree in the outside world? And, are students getting the instruction and skills that will help them achieve career success once they graduate?

Does Higher Education Teach Students to Think Critically?, a new report from The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), an intergovernmental organization with 38 member countries that aims to stimulate economic progress and world trade, found that there is a growing gap between the qualifications students acquire at colleges or universities and essential 21st-century skills. These include literacy and critical thinking skills that include problem solving, analytic reasoning, and communications competencies.


There are signs that the skills supply of graduates no longer matches skills demand in the labor market.