I am very interested in your opinions on this subject.
Could you expand on the 'with qualifications' part here please..
I wondered that as well Wasi. I am assuming similar the author is using 'with qualifications' as a synonym for caveats...? Good Question! Thank You! AB.
yeah I think it's intended to mean 'with reservations' or something...I guess after waiting for the correct meanting..I'll just assume that and answer...
I believe any institution of learning will be as effective as the motivation of the student, which is often times built or crushed by the level of engagement and enthusiasm as its instructors.
I do wish more schools would encourage more job-shadowing and commercial relationship-building to help prepare, or at least expose students to the real world and open up opportunities for students to see and experience the "real world" prior to being dropped in it.
To stay in the education industry is to be naturally passionate about its mission. That creates a weighty bit of bias...which makes it difficult to be impartial. We may wish to ignore the paradigm shift in the screen in front of us. We are justifiably reticent to see it. It is unsettling. It comes down to this: When the work world does not need formal degrees, the marbled halls will not need cleaning.
The disruption of the classroom, the system of credit accumulation for a 'degree', the defensiveness of academia generally to dig in and add more standards to accreditation standards; it will be an antiquated relic in just a few years. "Just in time" education can be had on just about any subject you can pick. Digital natives can pick any topic and learn it on the spot from You Tube, MOOCs, LinkedIn, and a hundred others, for comparative pennies. Modalities with VR, AR, are getting better. Quality topical mastery learning sequences can be had for free. Even MIT puts it out there for free.
These digital learners will soon become the new hiring managers, un-tethered to past hiring practices. They will have developed sophisticated hiring tools. Incorporating AI, they will test whether someone can do the job, on a very practical level. We already know that a degree confers no special task completion ability, that new employees have to learn 80% of what they need to know after they are hired. The new managers are driven to get a better result.
What about the 'go to' argument of 'being well rounded'? Study after study shows that college students behavior before and after college denotes little difference. All of which leaves the final argument, 'Well, college is where they learn how to learn". Really? They did not learn how to hold a spoon, or walk, or talk before they got to college? They know how to learn, even sophisticated or complex topics. They just lost the joy of it....in school. If the emperor has no class, will there be a school?
What to do? Follow the money. Partner with employers. Be their skill/task testing and validation center. Provide coaching and training for 'close but not quite' candidates. Opportunity ahead, proceed at your own risk.
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