R. Eric Landrum is a professor of psychology at Boise State University whose research interests center on the educational conditions that best facilitate student success. Dr. Landrum received his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He has made more than 280 professional presentations at conferences, published 17 books/book chapters, and has published more than 70 professional articles in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Landrum is the lead author of The Psychology Major: Career Options and Strategies for Success (4th ed., 2009), and authored Undergraduate Writing in Psychology: Learning to Tell the Scientific Story (2008) and Finding A Job With a Psychology Bachelor’s Degree: Expert Advice for Launching Your Career (2009). He co-authored The EasyGuide to APA Style (2011), You’ve Received Your Doctorate in Psychology—Now What? (2012), and is the lead editor for Teaching Ethically — Challenges and Opportunities (2012).
Do today’s bachelor’s degree recipients graduate with the requisite skills and abilities, coupled with their content knowledge, to be successful in the workplace? In this podcast, Dr. Landrum explores this knowledge vs. skills debate. He focuses on the key role that assessment plays in advancing both the quality of an undergraduate education and the preparation of future graduates. The goal of a broad-based liberal arts education is not job training, but a great deal of financial investment and human capital could be wasted if newly minted graduates do not have both the knowledge and skills to be employable.