Assessing Marketable Skills

When students participate in a Career Connect activity they have the opportunity to have their experience assessed on one or more of the the four marketable skills (written and oral communication, teamwork, and critical thinking). Each skill is assessed utilizing a Career Connect rubric, all of which were adapted from the rubrics developed by the American Association of Colleges and multiple faculty and experts nationwide. See rubrics here.

Career Connect’s evidence-based assessment is designed to evaluate and showcase UNT students’ marketable skills and guide UNT’s actions for improving them. This type of assessment benefits the UNT community by: 

  • providing UNT students with opportunities to receive marketable skills badges and credentials and showcase them in their ePortfolios and through their UNT transcripts
  • develop a database of student artifacts and evaluation ratings—specific to UNT faculty or staff courses or programs—that can be used to help demonstrate teaching or program effectiveness
  • use Career Connect student data for UNT faculty or staff research projects or publication submissions
  • integrate students’ ePortfolio use and reflection into UNT courses or programs
  • join the national conversation on university-level credentialing by helping to address a key concern about the pervasive lack of individual-level student evidence and rigor for student-awarded credentials
  • help UNT identify and establish benchmarks for its core skills (that is, communication, teamwork, and critical thinking) among UNT students and departments that can be compared to other universities across the country

Did you know?

Career Connect is one of the few credentialing programs across the county that collects individual-level evidence of student learning outcomes, assesses it on the basis of long-term proficiency standards, and is working to validate all of its rubrics.

Using Career Connect Rubrics

Faculty and staff who are incorporating a Connect Activity will assess one or more of the Career Connect skills utilizing the rubrics. Career Connect will work with faculty and staff to identify and collect appropriate evidence which will be used to complete the rubric and ultimately assess the targeted skill(s). Learn more about creating a Connect Activity.

Step by step instructions on how to assess skills through the ePortfolio in Canvas are available here. For further assistance contact Meena Naik (faculty) or Melanie Mitchell (staff)