How do research-intensive universities portray employability strategies? A review of their websites

Dawn Bennett, Elizabeth Knight, Aysha Divan, Louise Kuchel, Jody Horn, David van Reyk, Karen Burke da Silva

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Abstract

Employability development is a strategic priority for universities across advanced western economies. Despite this, there is no systematic study of employability development approaches internationally. In this study, we considered how universities portray employability on the public pages of their websites. We undertook website content analysis of 107 research-intensive universities in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Following Farenga and Quinlan, we classified these strategies as Portfolio, Hands-off, Award and Non-embedded. Portfolio or Award strategies were the most common across all four locations; Hands-off and Non-embedded strategies were more common to US universities; and Award was more common in the United Kingdom. Universities focused on either possessional or positional approaches to employability. We advocate for a pedagogical shift towards processual approaches in which responsibility for employability development is shared.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-61
Number of pages10
JournalAustralian Journal of Career Development
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017

Keywords

  • Employability development
  • graduate outcomes
  • higher education
  • research-intensive
  • university

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