The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities launched our own Career Readiness Initiative in 2015 to help undergraduate students better understand and articulate how their liberal arts education gives them a career advantage. Now, we are positioned to share with other higher education institutions a framework specifically designed for liberal arts colleges and career centers serving liberal arts students. 

Our vision is to share the Core Competency framework (competency name and definitions), Career Readiness Guide, Graphics, and RATE™ through a licensing process. There are two licenses available. You can select either or both. To learn more, see our licensing options.   

In addition, the Universal Version of the Internship Guide is available for you to download without a license, because there is no ability to customize this resource.  

What’s involved in implementing career readiness?

This will depend on the context and culture of your institution. CLA is interested in working collectively with other liberal arts colleges to create a national model for career readiness in the liberal arts. Liberal arts institutions have several ways to engage with us. We are committed to supporting other liberal arts colleges as you explore whether or not a competency model makes sense at your institution.

  • Consult with the CLA team. We can advise your campus leaders about the career readiness framework and model we believe is required to ensure success.
  • Learn from our success and failures. We can share what has worked for us and lessons we have learned along the way to help you shape a plan that fits your culture and the needs of your faculty and students.
  • Become a founding member of a consortium. Help us focus on the specific nuance of supporting liberal arts students for their career readiness.
  • Provide feedback on the tools and resources. Be a part of evolving and developing what works and what doesn’t.

Connect With Us

Please contact Judy Anderson, Director of Career Readiness, to learn more or request a consultation. Faculty leadership of the Career Readiness Initiative is provided by Ascan Koerner, Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives, and by Amy Lee, Faculty Director of Career Readiness Faculty Development.