Meanwhile, just over the mountains in North Carolina

AB-Tech is adding soft skills into their curriculum.  Like Woody Allen said, "Showing up is eighty percent of life."  While these attributes used to be common-sense work expectations, now they're skills to be taught.  Hmmmmm.  From Inside Higher Education.

Grading Personal Responsibility
Grades earned by many students at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College will soon factor in “soft skills,” such as whether they show up for class on time or work well in groups. And next year the college will issue workplace readiness certificates alongside conventional credentials to recognize those skills. 
Located in Asheville, N.C., A-B Tech, as it is commonly known, has developed a template that helps faculty members determine how to incorporate eight primary workplace expectations into grading, including personal responsibility, interdependence and emotional intelligence. Soft skills should count for 8 to 10 percent of grades in courses that adopt those guidelines, college officials said. 
“We’re teaching our students to walk the walk,” said Jean B. Finley, an instructor of business computer technologies.


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