Higher Education in the 21st Century

o-school-facebookThe meaning of education has become misconstrued. There does not seem to be a way to become educated without enrolling in a university or college.  This evolution would not be problematic if students were leaving college prepared to enter the work force.  Companies continue to recruit human resources overseas as American colleges and universities slip in international rankings.  This problem is compounded by the exponential growth of tuition costs and mounting student loan debt.  There are some benefits to study at colleges and universities, however, it is detrimental to consider college degrees the only road to accomplishment.  For many, undergraduate degrees only guarantees extensive study of content unrelated to intended careers, and tremendous financial debt.

It is time to reimagine pathways to success.  Higher Education envisions 21st century scholarship by providing students with the following:

Meaningful work experience guided by successful professionals in the field

Locations where the prospective field has grown, thrived, or become well established

Participation and collaboration with cohort members in efforts to found businesses, programs, or services

Affordability

Extensive research based in current discourse and literature about the prospective field

Rigorous standards and requirements that make alumnus competitive in the current job market and college application process

Traditional coursework directly related to prospective career path

Discussions, coursework, and project collaborations driven by student interests

Instead of simulations, real project work expected to have long lasting impact and permanence

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