Increasingly, college students are being asked to search ‘outside the box’ for solutions in both the business and social world. A new course of study at Eastern Kentucky University is designed to help them in that search. Beginning this semester, students at EKU can pursue a ‘minor’ in ‘Applied Creative Thinking’. Some 19 students are taking a class tied to the new minor. Rusty Carpenter, who directs the program, says businesses leaders are constantly on the look-out for people who can solve problems.
“Not simply going with the model that’s currently in place, but willing to look for ways to successfully change the model while keeping employees on board,” said Carpenter.
A 2010 survey by IBM of more than three thousand CEO’s revealed the top skill sought in college graduates is creative thinking. Carpenter says creative thinking is the ‘ability to apply innovative solutions to a variety of issues.’ He says this minor would nicely supplement virtually any major on campus.
“We wanted to provide students with leadership skills as they relate to creative thinking. I think eventually we’ll be able to tie that to recruitment,” added Carpenter.
Carpenter says this minor would nicely supplement virtually any major on campus.