Changing job market could dramatically change education, panel says

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  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    July 14, 2013 6:13 a.m.

    The challenge facing America's higher ed is that legislatures across the country are cutting funding, student tuitions are skyrocketing and leaving grads in debt, and faculty are more interested in research that often has limited value to society.

    Professors are typically selected in their prowess to publish in elite, obscure journals aimed at their colleagues rather than general society, and teaching is a secondary, dreaded obligation rather than a rewarded craft.

    Universities need to re-invent themselves to be more responsive to their local communities to become economic engines for their states. Only then will legislatures see their value and fund them more adequately.

    Our rapidly evolving economy warrants new graduates to be willing to continue to educate themselves to adapt to new job opportunities. Many jobs today didn't exist 10 years ago (e.g., social media administrators, big data social media analysts, etc.), so even incoming freshmen may not know what kind of job they'll be taking four years later.

    Universities need to offer short post-grad programs and certifications that can provide new skills for workers. Problem is that faculty are so focused on research, they don't have the new skills themselves to teach others...

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    July 13, 2013 10:17 p.m.

    This will get very expensive. Just wait and see. All of these computer programs that "tailor" education to each individual are going to cost a mint.