New Opportunities, Yet Challenges

With every new experience comes many challenges yet new opportunities. When thinking about the future of college, everyone knows that challenges will be encountered while new opportunities are given. One thing that I see as a future challenge and opportunity is first of all technology. We live in such a high-tech growing society in which technology has become the source of everything. Technology will continue to advance in colleges with new software and learning techniques in the classroom. The challenge to technology for the future of colleges is the debate that technology will take away a student’s ability to think critically and on their own about the vast world around them. In addition, with the future of college comes many new ideas. One idea that is trying to work its way into the future of colleges is the doing away with specific majors. Selingo discusses this idea in his book, College Unbound, as this division would divide a student’s four years into two major parts – cognitive process that shape learning and then specific subjects. Selingo writes, “Perhaps one day more colleges will do away with departments and majors…But overall, I have found by talking to employers and educators that what they want most in their workers is the ability to learn how to learn. In other words, the capability to find the answers to the questions of tomorrow that we cannot envision asking today” (149). This idea would drastically change the future of colleges and could be seen as a positive in education as students would focus more on how to learn rather than becoming skilled and knowledgeable in just their major. Furthermore, because of todays and tomorrows increasing college costs Selingo notes, “We need an expanded notion of what constitutes an education after high school. The definition should include on-the-job training and apprenticeships, coupled with learning across a range of subjects, as well as experiences before college that improve the often difficult transition from highly structured high schools to freewheeling college campuses” (162). College has become a large leap for students to take right after high school, not just mentally but also financially. Selingo talks about the possibility of a program in between high school and college that would help ease students into the full swing of college while also being financially sound for low economic households. All of these ideas are challenges and opportunities that can be potentially seen in the future of higher education.

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