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Closing the Skills Expectations–Performance Gap

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Closing the Skills Expectations–Performance Gap

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A Google search for “college graduate employment readiness” produces over 2.5 million hits. Unfortunately, the top results have titles such as, “Study Finds Big Gap between Student and Employer Perceptions” (Inside Higher Ed); “Why Are So Many College Students Failing to Gain Job Skills before Graduation?” (Washington Post); and “2015 College Graduates May Not Be as Ready for the Workplace as They Think” (Time). The titles reflect an expectations–performance gap in skills.

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Lolita Paff, PhD

Lolita Paff is associate professor of business and economics at Penn State Berks. She is an innovative teacher, with expertise in flipped instruction, blended course design, teaching with technology, interaction, and engagement. Her teaching experience includes face-to-face, hybrid/blended, and online formats. Administrative achievements include formation of an internship learning objectives-based assessment program, development of the business program’s vision and mission, and establishment of program-level outcomes-based assessment. In 2014, she received the MERLOT Classics Award in Business, a peer reviewed national honor, for authoring an exemplary online learning resource. She serves on the boards of national teaching and learning organizations, leads faculty development workshops, and has been recognized for excellence in teaching, advising and service.Updated: 7-25-17

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