By Brian Fairbanks
University of Phoenix recognizes the importance of soft skills, such as communication and critical thinking, and has built them into its curriculum. And, as evidenced by the university’s Annual Academic Report from 2019, the payoff is considerable: Students mastered these competencies at a rate of upwards of 80%.
"We believe that soft skills are so critical," says Savron, "we developed University Learning Goals that all programs and certificates adopt into their curriculum alongside hard-skill development."
These learning goals include soft-skill staples like collaboration, communication, critical thinking and problem-solving. Other skills, like cultural competence and digital fluency (communicating, making decisions and achieving results leveraging technology for success online), are in the works.
“Each program or certificate not only maps and assesses those hard skills relevant to each credential," says Savron, "but it incorporates and assesses all these soft skills tied to the University Learning Goals as well."
Because at the end of the day, success boils down to more than just hard skills. You need soft skills, too, for today’s marketplace.
Ready to fine-tune your soft skills while simultaneously mastering valuable hard skills? Then get in touch with University of Phoenix today!
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