The Problems in Higher Education

Confused

Student Success

Absence of Career Development

According to Gallup Surveys:

Only 11% of business leaders strongly agree that college grads have requisite skills and competencies.

The reported deficient skills include: communication, conflict management, cross-cultural and intergenerational dialogue, formal and informal correspondence, and expectations within a meritocratic environment.

There is no employer loyalty:  Millennial & GenZ turnover costs the US economy 30.5 billion dollars annually. 53% of hiring managers say it’s difficult to find and retain Millennial / GenZ employees.

New hires are reportedly socially and emotionally immature.

 

Finances

Absence of Financial Restraint

Departments and programs continue to proliferate despite fixed costs that do not support them. 

The availability of financial aid is pushing tuition ever higher.

Staffing is bloated at many colleges.

The push toward hyper luxurious amenities to attract students keeps accelerating.

State funding is decreasing in many areas.

The number and cost of non-productive administrators is exploding.

Tenured faculty produce diminishing workloads and engagement.

Governing structures within the colleges resist innovation.

Demand is decreasing among significant population segments.  Student bodies are approaching 2/3 female on average while middle class male enrollment continues to decline.

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Curriculum

Suppression of Enlightenment & Ideas

Faculties represent a narrow ideology.  Cautious estimates are 10-1 (liberal-conservative) for disciplines outside of the social sciences, but social sciences are a little over 30-1 (liberal-conservative)

Cancel Culture is a reality.  Narrowly focused DEI (diverity, equity, inclusion) initiatives discourage standards of excellence.

Activism in the classroom has become commonplace.  Theory and method are replacing content in the discussion of ideas. This stagnates the free expression of ideas.

Departments of study have become silos that are unaware of larger university interests.  With widespread tenure, faculties govern themselves rather than answer to the priorities of the college.  With personnel and promotion decided at the faculty level, staffing does not represent student and college interests. “Faculty Governance” and “Tenure” are the protected areas advocated by the AAUP (the American Association of University Professors, the operative union of faculty members since the 1920s).

Unaccountable faculty governance also initiates turf wars among professors wishing to justify their existence.

 

Summation

College education has lost its focus on student welfare and success.  It's primary beneficiaries are faculty and administrators who are enriched by increasing tuitions.

It has become politicized.  This has led to a disregard for proven and traditional methods.  The concept of enlightenment has been replaced by orthodoxy.