Business Group Says Wisconsin Needs to Better Prepare Students for Workplace

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A business group in Wisconsin says the state’s public colleges and universities must do more to make sure that a degree from the system on a graduate’s resume

 will land them a future job, even as tuition keeps rising.

According to the third edition of the Leaders & Laggards series by the Institute for a Competitive Workforce, the University of Wisconsin (UW) gets a “C” grade when it comes to  preparing its students for the business workplace, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The report stated that business leaders than lawmakers need to demand more accountability from the UW system and make sure that the information is made public.

Improved transparency and measurement of student outcomes can equip prospective students and their families to make more informed decisions about where to invest their time and money, rewarding institutions that provide a high return on investment and putting pressure on others to improve, the report card noted.

The national report card ranked UW 30th among the 50 states.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that professionals with a postsecondary degree on their resume can earn $1,000 more per week than those with some or no college education.

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