I applaud my university's monthly magazine for stressing how employers are dissatisfied with many graduates' writing skills (see page 18). Yet, while I have no interest in biting the hand that feeds me, I do have to call attention to a few quotes from the article that are quite disconcerting.
While commenting on employers' expectations, one professional stressed the need for students who can "construct a coherent email to the rest of the company." Another requested that graduates should "be able to write what you mean, and in a format that is understandable and grammatically correct." Hence, after 16+ years of schooling, students not only cannot write at the college level - a fair portion of graduates also cannot write coherently.
That is scary. Still, every time I hear employers slamming graduates' writing, my instinct is to ask, "why did you hire them?"