The purposes of this study were to determine (1) the degree to which students, faculty members, and HR professionals agree on the relative importance of the competencies, (2) the degree to which faculty members and HR professionals believe each of the competencies is trainable in a college setting, (3) the extent to which students and faculty members believe that students receive learning, practice, and feedback to develop the competencies while in college, and (4) the level of proficiency on each of the competencies do HR managers believe the typical college graduate should possess at the time of hiring. Participants were given a questionnaire and were asked to rate the importance, trainability, and development of 22 professional competencies and based on a tier system of importance it was determined that the most important competencies as rated by the most experienced HR professionals were considered to be lower in trainability and development. While these competencies were typically more difficult to train it was still determined that students need to be proficient in them before starting a professional career. Therefore is it recommended that students seek to develop their professional competencies both inside the classroom with help from the faculty members in their courses but also through additional development opportunities outside the classroom.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 5-8-2017


Michael T. Roberson

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Management, Marketing, and International Business

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Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

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Honors Scholars

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Department Name when Degree Awarded

Management, Marketing, and International Business

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