Speaker at New England College: Colleges must change or be left behind
There are a number of ways colleges and universities can meet the needs of a changing student population. Online classes, hybrid courses that combine classroom time with online content and competency-based programs that allow students with strong knowledge in some areas to accelerate the degree process are just some of the ways institutions can address the needs and wants of modern kids.
But another avenue for decreasing the cost of education is cooperation between institutions, Selingo said. The schools could benefit by focusing on their strengths and letting other institutions step in to provide support in programs where there are weaknesses. The concept would call for one admission, access to many colleges, but would provide a single transcript.
Jessica Santos of the New Hampshire Office of Minority Health asked what the faculty workforce would look like should some of Selingo’s recommended changes take effect.
“When mandatory retirement ended, tenure didn’t,” he said. “We need a clock on tenure.”
Professors who become entrenched in the system and continue teaching when it may be past the time for them to go make it difficult for colleges to justify hiring full-time teachers, but the students are missing out on the benefits of having faculty mentors because the number of full-time professors is so limited.
Andrea Bard, a professor at Southern New Hampshire University, asked how students who have difficulty finding their classrooms are going to be able to negotiate the challenges of a nontraditional approach to educations.
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