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U of M, Crookston Hosts Employer Focus Group Meetings
December 4, 2007

Contact: Owen Williams, library director, 218-281-8395 (, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

The Employer Research Team conducts research with an employer focus group.
The Employer Research Team conducts research with an employer focus group.
CROOKSTON, Minn. (December 4, 2007) – Every year the University of Minnesota, Crookston hosts a series of meetings for regional employers, faculty, administrators and other university stakeholders who serve as members of the Program Improvement and Advisory Committees (PIAC).  This year the meetings were held in late October.

The committees are charged with the task of developing planned improvements for the U of M, Crookston’s academic programs and administrative processes.  The U of M, Crookston Employer Research Team conducted its second biannual employer focus group and survey to solicit employer attitudinal and assessment data regarding U of M, Crookston graduates. 

Employer assessment data is used at U of M, Crookston is to improve the academic experiences of students so that they will be prepared to enter the job market and pursue successful careers.  Analysis of the 2005 Employer Focus Group and Survey data indicated a deficit in the writing skills of University of Minnesota, Crookston graduates. This important employer feedback was taken seriously by U of M, Crookston faculty and administers leading to the establishment of a new writing lab in the campus Academic Assistance Center.

“It is our intention to continue using this valuable feedback to increase the effectiveness of U of M, Crookston in delivering qualified graduates to the employment marketplace,” said Eric Burgess, business instructor and member of the U of M, Crookston Employer Research Team.

Other University of Minnesota, Crookston faculty and staff on the Employer Research Team include; Don Cavalier, director of Career and Counseling Services, David DeMuth, Ph.D., head of the Math, Science & Technology Department, and Owen Williams director of Library Services.

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