22 SES 01 C, Employability and Transition to Work of Higher Education Graduates.
Employability becomes more and more emphasis on higher education institutions. That is because awareness of output/outcome and accountability, higher education institutions is expected to produce visibly results: “employability” as regards teaching. That is also why employability becomes an increasing emphasis on substantive issue in the courses of the Bologna Declaration (Teichler, 2009). Take world universities’ ranking criteria and weights of “the Times Higher Education Supplement” as another example, the ranking criteria “graduate employability” is accounted for the total scores of 10% (The Times Higher Education Supplement, 2009).
When whole world is paying attention to strengthen the employability of students, as students share the same view too? We know, the goals of higher education institutions are very important to students, when students into the classroom will based on their different backgrounds, so that have different expectations. When students’ expectation is different from actuality, they will fell conflict (Miller, Bender, & Schuh, 2005).
Therefore, in this study, we want to get more insight to the expectations of students for higher education institutions. There are three interesting questions to discuss: do students in higher education agree employability is the most important criterion to them? Do students from different academic fields share the same view? If students have different view from higher education institutions, why and how will we explain it?
Miller, T. E., Bender, B. E., Schuh, J. H. (2005). Promoting reasonable expectations: Aligning student and institutional views of the college experience. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Peng, S. S. (2006). Taiwan Integrated Postsecondary Education Database: Juniors investigation in 2005 (research version). Taipei, Taiwan: Center for Educational Research and Evaluation. Teichler, U. (2009, November). The Professional Relevance of Study: Experiences and Reflections from Europe. Paper presented at the International Forum on Higher Education, Taiwan. The Times Higher Education Supplement (2009). Methodology. Retrieved December 15, 2009, http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/methodology/simple-overview
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