Three Hard Truths That Will Save Higher Education

June 14, 2016

Three Hard Truths That Will Save Higher Education


  • Society is investing more into education than ever, but only 20% of college students feel “very prepared” to enter the workforce. This has got to change—fast. Here are three truths that the entire education ecosystem needs to take on together: A one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work, education should be better aligned to outcomes, and now more than ever lifelong learning is a necessity.
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Keywords: higher education, economy, future of work, labor market, college graduates

Most College Students Don’t Feel Prepared for Career, Life

Education News

  • A McGraw-Hill Education survey on career readiness among college graduates reveals that only four of every ten college seniors feel that their time spent in college has adequately prepared them for life with a career. "While no two students’ career aspirations are the same, every college graduate deserves to enter the workforce with the confidence that their degree was worth the investment.” said Peter Cohen, McGraw-Hill Education’s group president of U.S. education.
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Keywords: higher education, college graduates, labor market, employers, surveys, skills gap

The Mindset of A President: How Today's Leaders View the Direction of Higher Ed

The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Over the past decade, college and university presidents have found their jobs becoming increasing demanding and complex. The Chronicle of Higher Education conducted a series of surveys of college and university presidents to examine their attitudes and thoughts about the state of higher education and the challenges of their jobs. Here are the findings.
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Keywords: higher education, leaders, leadership, future of higher ed, trends

Microsoft Buys LinkedIn for $26 Billion

Business Insider

  • Microsoft Corp. is acquiring the professional social network LinkedIn Corp. for $26.2 billion, one of the largest technology-industry deals on record. "This deal brings together the world’s leading professional cloud with the world’s leading professional network [...] Think about it: How people find jobs, build skills, sell, market and get work done and ultimately find success requires a connected professional world," wrote Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, in an email to Microsoft employees.
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Keywords: technology, enterprises

MIT Media Lab, Learning Machine Tackle Blockchain-Based Credentials

THE Journal

  • The MIT Media Lab's Learning Initiative has teamed up with Learning Machine to release the initial version of an open-source project designed to build an ecosystem for creating, sharing and verifying education credentials based on blockchain technology. Using the Bitcoin blockchain, the certificates can be shared with anyone who requires documentation as simply as sending a link.
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Keywords: innovation, credentials, credentialing, blockchain technology, higher education

Want to Kill Your Economy? Have MBA Programs Churn out Takers Not Makers


  • Today, getting an MBA has never been a more popular career path. Yet, MBA education today is basically an education in finance, not business—a major distinction. As a result, MBA programs don’t churn out innovators well prepared to cope with a fast-changing world, they churn out followers who learn how to run firms by the numbers.
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Keywords: business education, MBA programs

Can Colleges Truly Teach Critical-Thinking Skills?

Inside Higher Ed

  • It’s becoming increasingly clear that higher education has gambled on critical thinking. Most of all, in many ways, critical thinking has become synonymous with higher education. Yet we have not found evidence that colleges or universities teach critical-thinking skills with any success. According to John Schlueter, this is one of the most overlooked and misunderstood issues in higher education today.
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Keywords: higher ed institutions, critical-thinking skills

This Chart Provides a Fascinating Snapshot of the Complexity of the Higher Ed Landscape

The Washington Post

  • Higher education has changed considerably in a generation: who attends college, how they learn, and what their lives are like outside of the classroom. A chart produced by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation captures the complexity of the higher education landscape and why there can be no one-size-fits-all approach. Here are a few highlights from the chart.
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Keywords: higher education, future of education, new models, innovation, learning

It’s Not Just College Students. Higher Education Itself is Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis


  • For tens of thousands of students, the college experience has been marred by crippling stress—enough so that many campuses have been overwhelmed by demand for mental health services. Appointments at campus counseling centers has grown at more than seven times the rate of institutional enrollment. Can universities possibly keep up with all the demand?
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Keywords: higher education, students, wellness, health, stress, mental health

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