Facing up to the challenge: Why is it so hard to develop graduate attributes

Green, Wendy, Hammer, Sara and Star, Cassandra (2009) Facing up to the challenge: Why is it so hard to develop graduate attributes. Higher Education Research and Development, 28 1: 17-29. doi:10.1080/07294360802444339

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Author Green, Wendy
Hammer, Sara
Star, Cassandra
Title Facing up to the challenge: Why is it so hard to develop graduate attributes
Journal name Higher Education Research and Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-8366
Publication date 2009-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07294360802444339
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 28
Issue 1
Start page 17
End page 29
Total pages 12
Place of publication Abingdon, UK
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 339900 Other Education
Abstract Debate continues regarding the nature and desirability of graduate attributes, driven partly by stakeholder expectations that universities will prepare employees for the knowledge economy and partly by higher education academics and learning specialists. While universities appear to have accepted their new vocational role, there is considerable confusion over how these things - graduate skills, attributes or capabilities - should be defined and implemented. Conceptual confusion combined with a range of external pressures and internal management issues have the potential to derail this important project. To date, stakeholders such as government and business, as well as universities have seriously underestimated the kind of cultural, institutional and policy changes required to implement the graduate skills agenda. This paper outlines the issues that will need to be addressed by the higher education sector if universities are to play a proactive rather than reactive role in shaping this agenda.
Keyword Employability
Generic skills
Graduate attributes
Graduate outcomes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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