Higher education has been surprisingly changing in the past decade or so. In this new era, the mission of colleges and the style learning have rapidly changed. In terms of colleges, the goal of purely teaching students is warped with the institutions’ financial greed that has marred the structure of colleges. Ever since the economic downturn in 2008, “not much [tax money] has been left to give to colleges. Students have had to pick up more of the bill for their education…” (Selingo, 63). Colleges are forced to raise the ticket price of education, making it harder for students to go to college without debt. However, colleges want to attract more students to fill up their classrooms to reach their monetary needs. Through their hearty financial aid packages to attract more students, a problem arises. Colleges must raise the sticker prices and place a bigger burden in order to compensate for their goals to attract more people to its college. This continuous cash flow cycle increases the financial burden on all students and their families.
As much as the monetary aspect has changed the atmosphere of college itself, learning has also become revolutionized in and outside of the collegiate context. Through technology, it has become possible for students to learn with the aid of a computer program or an online course, students and teachers both benefit. Teachers “get to focus on what I do know and don’t have to sit through classes with students asking about problems I know the answer to…” (Selingo, 75). An effective learning and teaching experience results from many of these technological aids. Unlike the traditional form of a lecture-styled course, this new form of teaching (whether it be a total online course or a partially technological aided course) gives both student and teacher a better gauge of the effectiveness of their teaching/learning. Students have more control of the speed of their learning; this makes gathering knowledge more efficient. Although not all colleges implement the technological innovations towards their courses, there is an evident shift of using technology to better both a student and teaching experience.