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96% of Academics say Yes, but only 11% of Business Leaders agree

Research that compares studies by Inside Higher Ed (2014) and Gallup Education (2014) suggests that 96% of chief academic officers believed they were doing a good job educating and preparing students for careers, while only 14% of Americans and 11% of business leaders strongly agreed that graduates have the necessary skills and competencies to compete in the workplace. The 2014 National Association of Colleges and Employers data shows employers want job candidates to have these six skills and abilities more than any others:

Communication skills (77%) Leadership skills (76%) Analytical/quantitative skills (73%) Strong work ethic (72%) Ability to work in a team (71%) Problem-solving skills (70%) A study conducted by the Harvard Business School estimated making poor hiring decisions can cost a company as much as three times an employee’s annual compensation package. Organizations have good reason to be discerning in who they recruit.

Preparing The research which confronts sport management educators and career service personnel cannot be ignored. The challenge continues to be balancing academics with real-world demands, and particularly for sport management being an applied field. The prominent questions that arise in an educator’s mind are, what do students need in order to be successful post graduation? How do you develop their ability to work well both independently and in a team? And what can they and others do in order to assist and motivate students to reach, or hopefully, exceed their potential? “Sport Management educators are forever a complex Venn diagram consisting of academia, business and competitive sports. Oscillating from teaching, research and service to consulting with business ventures to working with coaches and athletes, the job dictates a demanding lifestyle. In their primary role as educators, it is their ethical and moral obligation to provide their students with all the tools necessary for success in the competitive industry of sports.” says St. John’s University (NY) Assistant Professor, Dr. David P. Hedlund. According to Dr. Michelle Kyriakides and Elisa Zervos, PCC, research conducted at St. John’s University pointed to the most effective way to support students with integration of academics and real world demands as through an organization of collective resources, designed to educate students and assist them knowing who

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