This is an exciting time of year for America’s young people. Nearly 4 mil­lion people will receive an accred­ited degree from an aca­d­emic insti­tu­tion in the United States this year, according to the US Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion. Regard­less of how long it took them or where they studied, these young men and women should feel proud of their accom­plish­ments and excited to put their training and exper­tise to work.

But as we all know, today’s col­lege grad­u­ates face an uncer­tain future as they enter the work­force. Most of us know about the soft job market that they are entering. But what recent studies have shown is that the pri­vate sector is equally con­cerned about the knowl­edge and skill levels of these grad­u­ates as they enter the workforce.

A recently released study by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, FTI Con­sulting FCN +3.18% and the New Eng­land Council lays out the chal­lenges, and con­flicting mes­sages, that Cor­po­rate America is sending to uni­ver­si­ties about how they should pre­pare their stu­dents. In this study, 73% of C-​​Suite exec­u­tives in the United States sur­veyed strongly believed that there was a skills gap and that most col­lege grad­u­ates lack the most impor­tant skills they need to suc­ceed. An even larger per­centage, 96%, believed that higher edu­ca­tion itself will need to inno­vate in order to remain the global stan­dard. Amer­ican busi­ness leaders are divided in their expec­ta­tions of whether col­lege grad­u­ates will be more, less or equally pre­pared for the work­force in the next decade.

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