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What Can 2015 Bring to Higher Education?

7 JAN 2015
Career Path : Education News

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Forbes recently released an article titled “Higher Education Issues, 15 for ‘15”, in which author John Ebersole outlines 15 improvements needed to make higher education more effective. We’d like to shine a light on some of the most critical and pressing issues which hang over the education system as we know it, beginning with…

Skills Gap

It is not uncommon to find young graduates fresh out of university living with their parents and with little money to spare. In fact, the youth unemployment rate has been stuck at 13% for several years. This is because while students are getting expensive degrees, employers are still looking for employees with specific “learned skills”. This may be proficiency at Photoshop, Excel – among other tech skills, and the experience to prove it. Some believe that in our tech-savvy world, technology is changing too fast for universities to keep up. Others put it down to a poor employee training track record for Canadian businesses.

Degree Relevancy

Seeing that “skills” are what seem to be lacking, we must look to the structure of university classes – most of which are theory-based that do not necessarily focus on skills training. Some also say that the skills required for today’s jobs are changing to quickly for universities to incorporate them into degree programs.

Cost

There’s a saying that goes “you have to spend money to make money”. In the case of university, you have to spend nearly an entire years’ salary of an entry-level position in order to pay for a year of education. University is often called an investment – but the number of graduates struggling to find work that matches their skills would likely not agree. One of the biggest initiatives in 2015 will most certainly be to make higher education more affordable.

What do you believe can be done to improve the landscape of higher education in 2015?