The University of Arizona

Preparing More Graduates to be Workforce Ready

Statistics show that UA graduates are among the most knowledgeable and workforce-ready students in the nation. In comparison, only one-third of US business leaders nationally feel that college graduates leave school with the necessary skills and competencies to succeed in the workplace, according to a 2014 Gallup survey.

In the midst of this national gap in workforce readiness, the University of Arizona created the “100% Engagement Initiative” to produce more graduates who are ready to compete in the workforce. Two years in, the initiative has made a profound impact in the lives of students and Arizona’s workforce.

In 2016, 92 percent of employers said UA grads had the skills needed to succeed on the job. Additionally, nine out of 10 employers rated UA grads as exceeding the quality of their peers, according to internal employment satisfaction data.

100% Engagement experiences combine activities such as leadership, creative expression and intercultural exploration with competencies and skills such as innovation, professionalism, civic responsibility, communication, collaboration, and problem solving. The result is that students not only connect what they are doing to their passions and career goals, they are also learning and applying skills imperative for career success. Furthermore, students can articulate how they navigated and led teams through real challenges during an interview.

Unique to this innovative model is the engagement notation students can earn on their official UA transcript.

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