About Deb Robbins

Debbie Robbins has over 30 years of experience within nearly every organizational level of higher education and business from faculty/first-line employee to senior leadership. She has worked in the public sector, private sector, and with non-profit organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Wyoming.

How Higher Education Can Help Students Develop Soft Skills

The term "soft skills" seems to be the buzz word today. Jim Link, DHRO of Randstad North America, a leading staffing company in Atlanta, recently discussed the need for soft skills in the workplace through a multi-series of publications through the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM). Link describes his son's inability to maneuver the workplace due to his lack of adaptability, persuasion, influence, and negotiation. Link states that college graduates are entering the workforce without adaptability, problem-solving, creativity, influence, drive, empathy, and collaboration. How can this be? Higher education institutions design courses to include team projects, presentations, and problem-solving opportunities. It seems measuring these soft skills is a piece of the puzzle. However, most assessments are designed to measure competencies in hard skills and knowledge. If we step back and take a lesson from the human resource world, we find universities are attempting to solve a similar problem that HR experts have been trying to solve for many years. 360-degree feedback assessments have been used in industry for over 30 years with varying degrees of success. Could the academic world take this same tool and adjust it to measure the soft skills they develop through their programs? The answer is yes. Peregrine Global Services began as a leadership development company in 2004. With over ten years of experience in providing 360-degree feedback assessments for leadership development, Peregrine set forth to adapt the 360-degree assessment process to address the needs of higher education and help solve the skills gap present in our current workforce. The online assessment, EvaluSkills, is

2020-08-12T14:57:04+00:00August 11th, 2020|

Being Social while Social Distancing

In this challenging time, Peregrine’s entire team is working to guarantee the uninterrupted continuation of all the services and exceptional customer service our clients and partners have come to depend on. As an educational technology company, Peregrine has been working in tandem with accreditors as they move from in-person to virtual conferences. We are currently providing virtual workshop sessions and exhibitor booths with discussion rooms and forums. We believe that it is critical to continue to share best practices, gain professional knowledge, and, most importantly, maintain interaction among colleagues. At Peregrine, we prefer the term ‘​physical distancing’ to ‘social distancing’ since social interaction is vital to all of us both professionally and personally. It is especially important to stay in touch with others, checking in with coworkers, clients, partners, students, and loved ones. Whether by phone, text message, video chat, or email, staying connected is especially important during this time. How each of us responds to this crisis is what will be remembered. Despite these difficult times, through our actions, we can demonstrate that working collaboratively to find solutions will make all the difference. We can overcome the challenges we face with tenacity, perseverance, understanding and, most of all, shared humanity. This lesson, not found in a textbook, may be a valuable life lesson for those we encounter. Please know that we are here to help, listen, and provide support. We are only a phone call or email away. -Debbie Robbins

2020-08-11T21:57:20+00:00April 26th, 2020|