The problems of universities Part 1

Expert education argues that the education system is not only a source of manpower, but also a powerful competitor in the field of recruiting. If you try to isolate the main complaint against the system of higher education, you get a pretty contradictory balance:

  • graduates are not satisfied with practical competence or traditional businesses or rapidly emerging new types of personnel,
  • knowledge and interests of students are far from academic depth and a small fraction of them suitable for the replenishment of the scientific staff.

The educational process the majority of institutions continue to rely on a prehistoric form of lectures and seminars, despite the rapid proliferation of network resources available even for free. Even those universities that are included in the network form of education, wary of foreign exchange offset in the program. It is not only the internal institutional reasons, but for legal difficulties. As a coach, conducting seminars on new ways of organizing the educational process, faced with a lack of the vast majority of teachers in higher education motivation to change something in their hardened training manual. And they can understand why, if the students and so do it?

However, all feel the crisis of the genre, and that change is inevitable. And at the same time afraid of them.

To understand the direction of change, it is important to analyze the objectives of the main customers of higher education: students and their future employers.

Remembering himself and extrapolating their own experience into the present, formulate the goals of the student version:

  • to avoid the army
  • to necessary for future work competence
  • to delve into the knowledge, which seemed the most interesting at school
  • to be in an environment close in spirit and interests of the people
  • start independent from their parents life (ideally, to begin to work in parallel with studies)

What to watch?

With the army dealing tight: the transition to a professional army is, but to cancel an urgent appeal is still not ready. Some changes happen all the time, can finally come to an acceptable solution that will remove the army the motivation of training in high school.

The competence of the people get the vast majority still at work. Close-minded people are available not only in University — they’re easier and faster to find in social networks, intellectual leisure activities.

Weak institutions, trying to get hold of the financing that is fixed in symbiosis with their students: do their best to accommodate in the schedule of study their interests, including work in the daytime. Strong universities, learning in which students consider themselves “themselves with a mustache” and read this opus is unlikely to be.

With the expansion of distance education, outreach courses, a growing range of topics, recognition of knowledge obtained remotely, and distribution of independent testing centers/skill will begin to decrease the need for responsive universities. I think, and strong universities, this trend will hook.

From the perspective of the employer one goal — to get the right technician with minimal costs and risks.

It remains to specify the criteria of necessity and minimum thresholds/tolerance. But this is very difficult! Many people prefer to go through trial and error, not to take in the formalization of the request.

But if not to force the employer to these difficult settings and make a convenient interface to these criteria?

Take on the role of student

I’m in that future, where all theoretical and even some practical that are available online. I could help in the achievement of student goals?

Suppose the army I don’t care: “white ticket” or have served.

Problem 1. Who I am and what I need?

Of course, behind me general education and already have some preferences. But they are often contradictory. I, for example, in real life, after physics and mathematics school suddenly thought that I’d be curious to try myself in medicine. But a sensible assessment of the gained competencies was sent to a technical college. There would be an opportunity any other way, could try. Hence, the request for a diagnostic of my ability and expert tip about personal potential I have as a hypothetical student of information of the future does not stop. Technical or humanitarian education — is another question.

Problem 2. What are my development options?

The strategy of education, even in the presence of confidence in his destiny, especially in conditions of rapid change, complexity, uncertainty and unpredictability in the world — a task very difficult.

Being young and green, understanding that parental experience in modern swiftness me weak helper, I would be extremely interested in expert advice. The council must take into account the labour market situation and my characteristics, identified at the stage of problem.

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Problem 3. How to take into account the real dynamics?

I am a person exciting and gullible — chose one of the proposed strategies and moved through it. But things are changing: the labour market and educational possibilities and my actual achievements/failures in the field of education, and living conditions (i was called the same in the army or I married…).

The sharper dynamics, the more I need to reconcile movement with a compass. In addition, strategic plans need to go to a particular decision: what kind of course of the chosen strategy to choose in what sequence, in what team to join for this…

Of course, I can be risky and decisive, but many help in the current navigation does not stop. No wonder the navigator transport takes place separately from the decision of the commander.

Problem 4. And who can I be needed?

The interaction with the labour market — an important competence. You can, of course, come from the outside through the advertisement on the fence, but a good place fences are not lying, and to speak with the employer is not for everyone and pensions to learn. One theory to obtain when applying for a job is difficult. You can rely on excellent psychometrics, but it is more theoretically based, if at all considered.

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