Trends 2024: Which Universities Will Place Greater Emphasis on Critical Thinking?

By Alcino Donadel
December 6, 2023 | University Business

Employers report that job applicants lack proficiency in important higher-order skills like critical thinking.

Students’ inadequacy in critical thinking—along with oral communication, problem solving, and analytic reasoning—is not a short-term trend. A “growing gap” has emerged between university qualifications and proof of proficiency in general 21st-century skills, according to an international report from 2016 to 2021 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Read this article about how Texas A&M is addressing this problem with innovative instruction and assessment through a partnership with the Council for Aid to Education (CAE), a nonprofit dedicated to improving students’ academic and career outcomes. Together, Texas A&M and CAE are measuring and cultivating these important skills and helping students become ready for today’s workplace.

It's really important to have your knowledge of your field of study. But that's insufficient. ~Doris Zahner, CAE Chief Academic Officer