Since the 1983 report on American education, “A Nation at Risk,” from the National Commission on Excellence in Education, there have been copious reports about the failure of higher education to meet 21st century (business) needs. At the same time, there is very little discussion in the main stream press about what ‘American culture’ may actually need to become more globally engaged or what sort of broader values we need to foster as Americans: values like genuine concern for others, engagement in democracy and our local communities, or knowledge and action as a form of social power to correct political overreach or injustice. I would define education that fosters a deeper understanding of one’s self in a complex 21st century world, both nationally and globally, as “quality” higher education. Instead the shallow rhetoric against higher education points to a list of skills that businesses need from their employees. There is nothing wrong with skills and knowledge, but quality higher education develops more than professionalism in a vocational training pathway. It should deepen the knowledge, creativity, and wisdom of Americans in their appreciation of the arts, literature, and science. It is not satisfied with reality TV shows. For a thought provoking assessment of how education in general needs to change watch the YouTube clip : Changing Education Paradigm.
Business skill set:
1. Ability to communicate (orally and written forms), especially in front of a group.
2. Ability to problem solve
3 Ability to work well in small groups
What is your definition of Quality Higher Education?