Missouri two-year college adds 'job readiness' and attendance scores to transcripts
- Hoping to provide more weight to student transcripts for potential employers, Linn State Technical College added an "employability rating" to its transcripts in 2009.
- The areas assigned a "job readiness work ethic score" are safety, trust, timeliness, work habits, interpersonal and citizenship, and the scores are combined for a final, overall grade--all of which is displayed on the transcript for employers.
- The reaction to the transcripts was so positive that other schools, like North Carolina's Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, are planning to implement their own versions, and the effort has been praised by Columbia University Teacher's School research associate Melinda Mechur Karp.
From the article:
The rap on college transcripts is that they don’t tell employers much, thanks to grade inflation and the failure of conventional grades to predict performance on the job. So to try to give their students' transcripts more heft, a two-year college in Missouri now includes not only their grades, but a job readiness score and their attendance rate as well. ...
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