By all accounts, the career paths of today’s students will hardly resemble those of their parents. So what are colleges doing to help them prepare?
[Last] Wednesday the Kettering Foundation, the National Issues Forums Institute, and Augsburg College gathered a group of leaders from higher education, business, government, and other fields here to begin what the organizations hope will be a national conversation on the question of how colleges should adapt to a working world changed by technology, globalization, and the aftermath of the recession.
One answer came almost immediately, in opening remarks by Jamienne S. Studley, deputy under secretary of education. “To me, the answer to the question you pose is pretty simple,” she said. “What should we ask of higher education? The answer: a great deal.”
Other perspectives are likely to be added soon, as the groups plan to follow up with forums around the country. The conversations grew from a set of forums the foundation and the institute organized a couple of years ago. Those discussions resulted in a report illustrating that the public wants colleges to expose students to new things and to encourage skills like critical thinking, not just train them for jobs. <Read more.>