Renewing Higher Education

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Curriculum

Shifted Focus to Student Learning

Curriculum should transform students into life learners.  It should equip them with the desire to learn and learn quickly.

The curriculum mission begins with the eradication of college departments.  Specific vocation education such as engineering or pre-med will be adapted into the new structure.

Curriculum will center on primary sources and essential knowledge.  It will be continually refined.

Faculty time will serve students through personal instruction, coaching, and feedback.  Classroom lectures will be less important.  Reading and writing will be emphasized.

Partnership programs will be created with businesses, organizations, and leaders.

This approach will require constant communication and evaluation.  It will grow organically, increasing both student enrollment and business involvement.

Trades should be considered as curriculum additions.

Faculty

A Changing Faculty Role

Faculty will no longer be the decision makers for the college.  Instead, they will be teachers, coaches, mentors, and facilitators for students.

Faculty duties will include feedback to students, lectures, discussion moderation, and interactions.

Faculty involvement with students will be more significant than publishing.

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Administration

A Diminished Need for Administrators

The executive team and the trustees must support the mission statement.

There will be minimal administrators and support staff.

Students will be empowered to pursue leadership in college governance and engage in student life and extracurricular activities.  This can trim budgets while preparing students for roles in later life.

The new curriculum will require fewer classrooms which can be repurposed.  These rooms could support mentors, entrepreneurs, and businesses.

The college could become a holistic learning and working environment.

Recruitment & Evaluation

A Blueprint for Success

Colleges will offer an affordable and dynamic education designed to create a vocational area built around employer partnerships that will attract students.

Flexible options will be created for tuition payment.  Students might forego payment up front in favor of a small percentage of their salary after graduation.  Corporate partners might offer tuition support in return for guaranteed employment after graduation.

These are proven methods, and there will be more.

Student progress will be achieved through a series of skill sets.  Most of the early assessment will be through written and oral communication.

Sports activities will be an essential part of the college.  Sports aid recruiting and enrich the experience.

Oral interviews, written essays, and constant feedback on both form and content will help shape students into socially and emotionally mature agents.

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Summation

Colleges can shift to a 'Student Success' model that will lower cost of operation while retaining accreditation.

The new approach can lower tuition while revitalizing colleges whose enrollment has sagged.