From the 60x30TX Strategic Plan: A “marketable skill” includes interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas, are valued by employers, and are primary or complementary to a major. They are defined as: those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.
Marketable skills are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities. Marketable skills are often called employability skills in other countries, or transferable skills here in the states. They include both technical and soft skills. The marketable skills goal was designed to help students market themselves to employers.
Professional Communication Skills
Ability to write and speak effectively and use representational media both within the profession and outside of the profession.
Design Thinking Skills
Ability to raise clear and precise questions, use abstract ideas to interpret information, consider diverse points of view, reach well-reasoned conclusions, and reach well-reasoned outcomes against relevant criteria and outcomes.
Ability to gather, assess, record, and comparatively evaluate relevant information in order to support conclusions related to a specific project or assignment.
Use of Precedents
Ability to gather and comprehend fundamental principles relevant in fundamental precedents and to make informed choices about the incorporation of such principles.
History and Global Culture
Understanding of the parallel and divergent histories of a variety of indigenous, vernacular, local, and regional settings in terms of their political and economic, social, ecological, and technical factors.
Cultural Diversity and Social Equity
Understanding of the diverse, needs, values and behavioral norms, physical abilities, and social and spatial patterns that characterize different cultures.
Understanding of the theoretical and applied research methodologies and practices.