University of Nebraska Lincoln Freshmen Engineering Majors with University of Northern Iowa Business Majors Comparisons: When do People Develop Personal Skills

Of the 23 competencies surveyed, all are below national means and their mastery. There are a few exceptions, as a group, is extremely low but please keep in mind that they are being compared to a national workforce mean and not other first-year college students. Nebraska’s College of Engineering was one of the first programs in the nation to gather this data. So, comparison to similar groupings is nearly impossible. More importantly, while documenting student entry levels is useful, what is crucial is identifying what skills our students gain as a result of their programs of study. This study opens many questions that only longitudinal studies can address.

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