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Employers endorse the concept of a liberal education

This is a chart that answers the question "How important is it for today's colleges to provide this type of education?" The study asked employers to respond to the following statement and answer whether or not they thought it was "only somewhat important," "fairly important," or "very important."

"This approach to a college education provides both broad knowledge in a variety of areas of study and knowledge in a specific major or field of interest. It also helps students develop a sense of social responsibility, as well as intellectual and practical skills that span all areas of study, such as communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings."

51 percent of employers agreed that these skills were "very important."

43 percent of employers agreed that these skills were "farily important."

6 percent of employers felt that these skills were "only somewhat important."