Employers today tell college administrators that the biggest deficiency in college
students is in the area of soft skills. Students graduate from college very often
with the technical skills required, but employers often make hiring decisions on the
basis of whether applicants offer the degree of professional skills that they are
Madisonville Community College is responding to employers feedback by incorporating
what it terms personal effectiveness skills in its classes. Our faculty quickly
recognized the benefit to our students by developing a common set of skills in the
areas of attendance, meeting deadlines, teamwork, and communications upon which students
will be assessed in addition to the content of their courses. The ultimate goal is
for our graduates to have a competitive advantage over other students as employers
begin to recognize MCC graduates with the professional skills that they want, stated
Dr. Deborah Cox, MCC Chief Academic Affairs Officer.
College faculty have been working on the personal effectiveness skills initiative
for some time through a task force led by Felecia Johnson, professor in business administration,
and Dr. Beth Norton, professor in communications. According to them, students in
courses taught by full-time faculty, except for online classes, will have 10% of their
grades based on a common set of personal effective skills starting this semester.
The task force is expected to gather information on this semester s experience before
expanding the initiative to online courses, courses taught by part-time faculty, and
dual credit courses taught in high schools for MCC.