Weber Educational Research & Instructional Studies

July 2018, Vol. 6 (1), ISSN:2449-1608

© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research Article

The Perception of Graduates and Employers of the Competencies Acquired during the Studies at a Higher Level in Cu Costa Sur

M.A. Rosa Alejandra Doño Delgadillo

1 Desarrollo de Colecciones, Biblioteca Antonio Alatorre.
Centro Universitario de la Costa Sur, Mexico.


Accepted 29th June, 2018; Available Online 2nd July, 2018.


Studies of graduates have gained increasing interest in higher education institutions (HEIs) in the country. Both the Ministry of Public Education (SEP), with its sectoral program of Education 2007 - 2012, and the National Association of Universities and Institutions of Higher Education (ANUIES), have been promoting the realization of this type of studies, since they conceive them as one of the strategic lines to consolidate the development of HEIs. It is in this context that this study of graduates of the Degree in Tourism that is taught at the University Center of the South Coast (CuCosta Sur) of the University of Guadalajara is presented, under a novel approach of competencies, oriented to know the perception that on two types of exposed competencies - generic and specific of the educational program have the graduates themselves, but also shows the perception they have about these competencies to those who use them. Initially the issue of the follow-up of graduates is discussed, justifying the focus of our study, then the concept of competencies is reviewed, and in particular that of the specific competencies of an educational program. Subsequently, the results of perceptions on generic and specific competencies for graduates of the Tourism Degree are presented, which are contrasted with those of employers following a methodology of proposal analysis. Finally, and this is perhaps the most relevant aspect of the work presented here, a methodological proposal is elaborated to bring the results of the study of perception of competencies to the academic bodies immersed in the curriculum and the possible curricular reforms that favor greater relevance between the discharge profile of the students and the training mandates by the employers, to bring fresh winds and external visions to the rich and valuable academic discussions.

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