According to Jeffrey Selingo, editor at large for the Chronicle of Higher Education, acknowledges, plenty of people have predicted the end of colleges and universities as we know them. The end of colleges might be a bit extreme to think about, but it does shed light on this current problem of higher education. Selingo writes, colleges in the US have “lost their focus on what had been and should be their primary mission – teaching students and researching the next big discoveries.”
The college system does need to be restructured professors and counselors should inform students on employment rates after graduation, so that students are not shocked after graduation. Of the students who enter community colleges, only 20% graduate within three years. At four year institutions, slightly more than half leave with a bachelor’s degree.
What are helpful sources to finding more information about colleges and programs?
Nonetheless, College (Un)Bound contains lots of useful information and helpful advice about choosing a college, graduation rates, financial aid, how students learn (and why they don’t), and job placement. Degree Compass is a sound alternative to a process by which students take “a haphazard route” to choosing a major, based on advice from family and friends, urban legends, and faulty assumptions about their interests and aptitudes.
Higher education needs reform overall because graduate have a huge debt out of college and their futures depend on the jobs they land.
Picture by Collin College