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2016, September Newsletter

Adrienne Way, President and CEO, Edcor
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Viewing Education Through the Lens of Change

Like all Septembers, this month has brought us a new season and a new academic year. This particular September is also bringing us challenges in the field of higher education and an opportunity to look at higher education through a new lens.

The purpose of higher education is always debated – Is it to prepare students for jobs or is it to deliver a broad base of knowledge? The answer to the question is “yes.” It’s really both. While these diverse purposes would seem to create an insurmountable task for higher education institutions, recent practices show that education is changing and adapting to needs of learners. Looking at education through the lens of change and opportunity shows that higher education institutions are taking steps to meet the needs of today’s learners.

Looking through the lens of change we can see that today’s higher education learners are not just young adults who have gone straight from high school to college, pursue their education uninterrupted and live in dorms. Today adult students over the age of 25 make up 31 percent of the undergraduate student population. Students who study part-time make up 37 percent of undergraduates and the majority of adult college students.

The time to completion of education is another area where looking through a different lens can add clarity. A study from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education shows that today 40 percent of students complete a bachelor’s degree within four years, and 60 percent graduate within six years from the college at which they started. Look at this through the lens of adult students who work and learn at the same time and who may have gaps in attendance. Many students have work and family responsibilities and may need to stop out of school periodically or alternate between full and part-time study. Many students need remedial work or transfer between institutions which can slow their progress. This is how students attend college today. The important issue is that students progress toward completion of their education.

Completion today also looks different from in the past. Students receive credit for prior knowledge, earn credit through competency-based education programs, and earn badges and certificates as well as degrees. Today it’s important to look at education through the lens of career pathways and lifelong learning rather than jobs. Nelson Baker, Dean of Professional Education at Georgia Institute of Technology says that courses and programs need to focus on bodies of knowledge rather than on subject areas. This will extend the lifespan of an education. “Learners tend to transcend bodies of knowledge during their careers. For example, civil engineers often move beyond civil engineering into related careers several years after entering the field,” he says. “Meeting the complex needs of today’s learners entails providing innovative offerings not only to prepare them for specific jobs but also to support them throughout the course of their careers and lifetimes.”

Discussions about challenges and changes in education often lead to discussions about the value of higher education. Today it is more important than ever to look at education through the lens of value. The American Academy of Arts & Sciences report says that college affects the lives of graduate in at least three important ways:

  1. It increases their social and civic contributions;
  2. It improves personal and family well-being; and
  3. It strengthens their economic circumstances.

The Academy says that 42 percent of those with a bachelor’s degree volunteer in their communities compared to 29 percent with associates degree, 17 percent with a high school diploma and 9 percent of those without a high school education. The voting rate in 2012 of those with a bachelor’s degree, 25-40 years of age, was 83 percent compared to 42 percent for high school graduates in that age group. The report states, “People’s lives, and our democracy, would be worse off in many ways without other positive outcomes associated with college education.”

Adrienne Way, President & CEO



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Posted on September 28th, 2016 by William and Mary Mason School of Business

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Posted on September 28th, 2016 by American Public University System

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Posted on September 28th, 2016 by Alabama State University

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Posted on September 28th, 2016 by Kent State University

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Posted on September 28th, 2016 by University of La Verne

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Posted on September 28th, 2016 by Southern New Hampshire University

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