What is the most important skill for employers today?

According to the 2016 National Association of Colleges and Employers survey the most important skill for the job today is: verbal communication.

Employers rate the importance of candidate skills/qualities

Skill/Quality Weighted Average Rating
Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization 4.63
Ability to work in a team structure 4.62
Ability to make decisions and solve problems 4.49
Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work 4.41
Ability to obtain and process information 4.34
Ability to analyze quantitative data 4.21
Technical knowledge related to the job 3.99
Proficiency with computer software programs 3.86
Ability to create and/or edit written reports 3.60
Ability to sell or influence others 3.55

Source: Job Outlook 2016, National Association of Colleges and Employers
*5-point scale, where 1=Not at all important; 2=Not very important; 3=Somewhat important; 4=Very important; and 5=Extremely important

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Quality of College Grads Questionable (again)

Only 11% of business leaders “strongly agree” that today’s graduates have the competencies needed, compared to 96% of colleges/universities chief academic officers stating they are “extremely or somewhat confident” in their institution’s ability to prepare students for the work force, according to this CHE article that reflects on a Gallup/Lumina survey. What will it take for universities to listen and change to better serve society?