CLA Core Competencies

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CLA Core Competencies

By the time you graduate from CLA, you'll be able to connect the Core Competencies you develop across your liberal arts education and demonstrate their career value to employers.

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What does Career Readiness mean in CLA?

Find out how CLA specializes in making sure every student with a liberal arts major knows exactly why their ten Core Competencies are so attractive to employers.

Checking Your Career Readiness with RATE

RATE Dashboard

Reflect, Articulate, Translate, Evaluate

RATE™ is a CLA-invented online tool that helps you track how your experiences in and out of the classroom are contributing to the development of your core competencies and your career readiness.

You can use RATE anytime you engage in experiences — a significant class assignment or activity, a community service project, an internship or volunteer opportunity, a leadership position, a research study — to understand and connect all you’re doing and what you’re gaining from it.


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