BIPS coaches Leah Tompkins (left) and Angi Kinsey (right) work virtually with students on a regular basis to keep them on track for graduation.

UNC Greensboro has launched a new online bachelor’s degree focused on helping students develop the skills that employers say are lacking in the workplace.

The bachelor’s degree in integrated professional studies (BIPS) focuses on six transferrable skills that can be applied across disciplines: design thinking, systems thinking, understanding data, contemporary media literacies, self-awareness and cross-cultural competence and global understanding.

Research shows that employers are looking for what is known as a “the T-shaped professional” – individuals with both depth in an area of interest and breadth to see and think from different perspectives.

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Originally published Sept. 19, 2018.

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