A high school diploma is no longer enough for today’s manufacturing jobs. In Switzerland, compulsory education ends after ninth grade, when students can choose either an academic or a vocational path. In contrast, in the US, most students are offered a choice between college or a dead end. The college-for-all movement, it seems, has closed off rather than opened up career options. Apprenticeships are making a comeback, complete with college.
One of the most prominent reasons for this situation is a educational system that is not flexible enough to adopt to the rapidly changing industry trends and a curriculum designed to train large numbers of students through a standardized one-size-fits-all approach. This results in a wide gap between what is needed to be employable and what is being taught in classrooms.
For more than 100 years higher education has largely resisted, but Higher Ed is poised for its leapfrogging moment. While the degree is still the coin of the realm, in this uncertain economy, many students are increasingly skeptical that degrees are a worthwhile investment. Leading to an unprecedented demand for non-degree credentials: Currently, 41 million adults hold some form of non-degree credential.
A recent survey of business students and corporate recruiters shows a sharp divergence in the value of leadership as a teachable skill. Employers rank it near the bottom of skills taught in business school. They place much higher weight on professionalism, critical thinking, and the ability to work in teams.
Monterrey Tec brought the urban design firm Sasaki in to assess the campus and draw up a plan to reintegrate with its surrounding neighborhood. The plan is bringing over $1 billion in investments to a previously neglected area. The institution hopes this project will send a signal to other universities—throughout the world, but especially throughout Latin America, where many campuses remain cut off from their surrounding contexts.
According to a Hechinger Report investigation, at more than 200 US campuses, more than half of incoming students must take remedial courses. The numbers reveal a glaring gap in the nation’s education system: A high school diploma, no matter how recently earned, doesn’t guarantee that students are prepared for college courses.
2017 promises to be an interesting year in American higher education. Higher education institutions will need to prepare for a rapidly changing landscape in order to survive and thrive. In this piece, Robert Kelchen from Seton Hall University, discuss five key trends facing higher education this year.
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