Higher ed ignores adult students’ needs

Only 15 percent of college students are recent high school graduates living on campus.  Colleges and universities must focus on the needs of adult students, who urgently need job training, but don’t need professors with PhDs teaching on the traditional academic calendar.

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  1. Cranberry says:

    At some point, one should stop referring to them as “colleges.”

    There is nothing new under the sun. The Flexner Report is relevant to today’s education world. How does one guarantee a consistent, challenging level of instruction? How does one guarantee that a certificate has any merit in the employment marketplace?

    A doctorate may say little about instructional ability, but an employer can assume that a PhD or MA from a reputable university possesses a basic level of competence. It’s not as if there’s any shortage of PhD job candidates, who are willing to work for very low wages.

    How low does Hess propose to go for job training teachers? A BA? A high school diploma? A birth certificate?

  2. Richard Aubrey says:

    Check the numbers: At residential colleges, most frosh are required to live in the dorm, many sophs do, and after that, they live “off campus”. What is the number of recent HS grads living in the area of the college they attend?
    I understand that alarming numbers make a good story better, or a lame story at least mediocre, but there should be an effort not to be so obvious in torquing the reality.