In this post I would like to present some my ideas about what should change in higher education. In my opinion, colleges and universities should pay much more attention to lifelong learning.
By definition, lifelong learning is the constant, ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated acquisition of knowledge and skills throughout a lifetime for either personal or professional reasons. This term recognizes that learning is not confined only to the classroom but takes place throughout life.
Lifelong learning can solve the continuing mismatch between education and the labor market. Therefore, in my opinion, universities should start to offer more customized and problem-solving education and, consequently, turn into the engaged university.
To support my opinion, I can provide the argument that lifelong learning is beneficial for both individuals and traditional colleges and universities. Learners can obtain greater productivity, better positions in the job market, and, as a result, higher income. On the other hand, having additional students means additional income for universities. And tuition and fee rates of lifelong learners should be higher comparing with rates of traditional learners. In addition, the increase of lifelong learning would positively impact the whole society because universities would offer more problem-solving education based on the real needs of the particular communities.