Today’s college graduates tend to be highly trained and employable but often lack a key skill needed for post-college life: how to identify and ask their own questions, according to a new study. The finding comes from a report by Project Information Literacy, an ongoing research group based in the University of Washington Information School and led by principal research scientist Alison Head. The team’s report — its eighth — is titled “Staying Smart: How Today’s Graduates Continue to Learn Once They Complete College,” and was published today on the project’s website.
The Information School’s Master of Library and Information Science program has taken Tiffany Coulson all around the world, right at her kitchen table. As an online student, Coulson sought to complement her master’s degree program with volunteer work that she could perform over the Internet from her home near remote Mattawa, Washington. When the iSchool’s Technology and Social Change Group sought help for the women’s advocacy organization World Pulse, she answered the call for a data analyst. The decision would open Coulson’s eyes to a major opportunity to make a difference. “