Producing graduates who meets employer expectations : open and learning is a viable option

Lim , Tina Swee Kim and Mansor Fadzil, and Latifah Abdol Latif, and Norlia Goolamally, and Norziati Mansor, (2011) Producing graduates who meets employer expectations : open and learning is a viable option. In: The International Lifelong Learning Conference (ICLLL) 2011 , 14-15 November 2011, Seri Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

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In this new age of globalization, higher education plays an increasingly important role in preparing a workforce which meets rapidly changing industry needs. There is now a critical need to re-examine the function of tertiary education such that it not only caters to fresh school-leavers but of equal importance, provide opportunities for the further up-skilling and upgrading of people who are already employed. With a substantial proportion of people who have yet to obtain a basic degree, conventional universities by themselves are highly unlikely able to meet the demands of providing tertiary education to all who need or want to further education, in the near or even distant future. Open and distance learning programmes which are able to contribute significantly to lifelong learning efforts, however, have constantly been regarded as ‘the lower quality alternative’ with their flexible entry policy and flexible learning modes. This paper seeks to examine the extent to which Open University Malaysia’s graduates met employer expectation with regard to employability competencies. Paper and pencil questionnaires were sent via postal mail to employers of the November 2010 open market Bachelor degree programme graduates. Responses from 290 out of a total of 1088 employers were analysed using quadrant analysis and gap analysis for three dimensions of employability competencies namely, Knowledge and Understanding, General Attributes and Generic Skills. Overall findings suggest that while importance scores were higher than satisfaction scores, the employers were generally satisfied with the graduates’ competencies for all three dimensions. (Abstract by authors)

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Open and distance learning, Employability competencies, Higher education, Human capital development
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Depositing User: Shahril Effendi Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2011 03:55
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2017 06:28

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