How would you rate the opportunities given to you in the business program to nurture and improve your soft skills in business?
Two years ago, we altered this question a bit to include “soft” before skills, to try to measure those more intangible skills employers are increasingly looking for. Yes, there are many things graduates can’t learn until they’re on their first job. But schools can still do everything they can to prepare graduates as much as possible for the first jobs, which includes the development of soft skills. This year, alumni from Texas Christian University rated their school the highest with a score of 9.68. TCU was followed by Indiana University (9.59) and Cornell University (9.53). This is one of the rare categories where this year’s leader was higher than last year’s, which was Virginia’s McIntire School with a 9.64. Two years ago, North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School led with a 9.69.
Overall, the average was 8.79, again a rare category where the average was higher than last year when the average was 8.74. It is slightly lower than 2020’s average of 8.82 among all schools and 8.92 in 2019. It was, however, higher than 2018’s average of 8.73.