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Lewis, R. A. (2003). Attributes of the University graduate: How important are they?. Journal of Institutional Research, 12 (2), 1-4.


Along with subject-specific knowledge it is becoming accepted that tertiary students be equipped with a generic skill base. Such discipline-independent qualifications may be divided into competencies and attitudes which, taken together, constitute the attributes of a university graduate. This particular study deals with the University of Wollongong and so attributes of a Wollongong graduate (AWG). Data already exists for the importance placed on various AWG by employers. Here new data is presented regarding the view incoming students hold of the AWG. Both students and employers rank life-long learning and problem solving highly. Neither group ranks statistical, computer or cultural literacy highly.

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