Future of the University Blog Post

I think access to higher education should be more available. Access to high education means a number of things, this could be by cost, physical accessibility, and availability of classes. At this point in time, some form of higher education is a necessity to be able to get a job anywhere. A high school diploma alone does not hold the same weight it did 20 years ago. Thus, young people are forced to pursue some form of higher education right after high school. The vast majority of students have only worked a minimum wage job and cannot financially afford college. So, they are forced into student loans, working 2-3 jobs, applying to hundreds of scholarships, or not attending. At my undergraduate university, I had a friend who got a job at the university as a janitor because as an employee you can attend classes for free. So, worked as a janitor for 6 years (took longer because he had to work full-time) until he obtained his BS in Aerospace Engineering (for free).

But, why is it this way? Why do we need to jump through hoops just to be able to survive? Next, physical accessibility needs to be improved across all forms of higher education. Disability services across campuses are often under-funded and not utilized to its potential. At some universities allocating the tools needed for students to succeed are at times extremely difficult. Lastly, the availability of classes often does not work with a working person’s schedule. People who are working through a degree often need to sacrifice the classes they want to take or their schedule.

One Reply to “Future of the University Blog Post”

  1. There is no doubt about the crucial role of academic education in the future of many individuals. However, as you mentioned, higher education, especially in the US, puts a lot of financial burden on the shoulders of students. While the government can intervene and make college education more affordable, online education platforms can also provide more affordable alternatives to conventional education. Although there are numerous challenges in the path toward an entirely-online education (like the courses that entail hands-on experimentation), the future is bright when these two ways of educating people have to compete for a higher quality of service.

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