For many, many years, most colleges and universities around the country have emphasized the importance of “a well-rounded liberal arts education.” It’s this kind of educational path that requires students to take courses and accumulate credits from a wide range of disciplines—including humanities, communication, math, science and technology, social science, and more. These credit requirements—usually referred to as “General Education” requirements, or Gen-Eds—form the backbone of a student’s college education at many U.S. institutions of higher learning. The question is, are these schools that preach versatility and “well-rounded” education giving students the tools they need to succeed in the modern workplace?
A recent article from Yahoo News has been fairly damning of American University students when it comes to “common sense” and in particular their knowledge of politics. Now, it is quite possible that those who do not attend college are equally as lapse in their political awareness but the problem is we expect a little more from those who attended higher education. And this has been a long held debate when it comes to academia in general.
Money. It is never something we really give much thought to when we are young, ambitious and adventurous. We decide our major based on what we love doing and what we are good at – have a knack for. But, what if our romanticised view of our career path takes a severe battering, when it comes to money, just based on that single choice? What we study at college has the potential to reduce or increase our projected income by more than 300%. [Read more…]
Should you consider jumping off the college academic treadmill?
The future becomes instantly complicated once you reach leaving school age. There is the safe decision that takes you to college or you can select the unknown. Colleges address those choices in a way that makes students believe the bold and brave decision is to continue on in higher education. That is the decision that most make. It is a very well-rehearsed, almost ordained path that educational establishments and parents alike tend to feel is the right way for every student to go. These days learning is a very different experience. Let’s just step off the college academic treadmill for a moment and consider what other options students have at their disposal. [Read more…]