What Does the Future of College Look Like?

What Does the Future of College Look Like?

With fewer admissions and less pressure to contain financial costs, colleges across the country are challenged to do more to serve students. To do that, schools need to evolve their admissions policies and approaches to make higher education more accessible. Our CEO Tisha Edwards offers her vision for schools in the above video.

The modern student defies the traditional convention of a kid sent to school with two parents at home. Today’s student is just as likely to have dependents, have a job, or serve as the household’s primary earner. Further, many students of promise are entering school as their family’s first college student without the resources a traditional student would have.

The reality of modern students creates the need to remove barriers to access financial aid, and add support mechanisms to ensure graduation. Counseling and support are needed to ensure not only that students graduate, but also that their degree is meaningful.

The following is an edited transcript of Tisha’s video.

 

Tisha’s Vision

 

The world is changing, the skill sets that young people are going to need coming out of college are different. My dream is that number one, education is more accessible to people that it has not been accessible to in the past, that we’ve really done the work to remove the barriers to completion. They do exist and institutions can get really courageous about that.

And also, that students feel like they got what they paid for. Way too many students are graduating from college and saying, you know, “Why am I having to take a job at Starbucks? I could have done that without a college degree.”

I think that institutions who take ownership of ensuring that college degrees represent the path to a better life for young people. That needs to become a part of our mission and the work that we want to do.

Yes, college is a place for self-exploration; yes, it’s a place to write and grow. But students also need to be able to take care of themselves after they graduate from college.

They should not be in a worse financial situation than they were when they started, and they should feel like they’re prepared to begin some type of career. Colleges must accept that call to action. It’s more equitable, it’s more actionable, and it’s a place where people should get what they pay for.