What make colleges well positioned for the future? Selingo (2013) discusses how colleges have adopted strategies that teach students valuable lessons that they need in order to be successful. Students spend so much time in the classroom, reading, attending lectures, taking tests, and all of which are done with the hope of a passing grade (Hullinger, 2015). However, “all the credit hours in the world don’t guarantee students actually learn anything applicable in the workplace, and employers know this all too well” (Hullinger, 2015). A college that makes an education meaningful is the type of experience every student should have. While many of the suggested universities stood out, Westminster College looked absolutely intriguing.
Westminster College discusses the idea of students creating a meaningful life. Students have the opportunity to create a learning experience outside of the classroom. Westminster challenges students to be innovative in the sense that it encourages them to take what they are learning and apply it to real life. Whether it is through advocating for social justice or cultivating safe spaces, Westminster wants students to apply their knowledge. The shift becomes one from a nose in the notebook to one that promotes “tangible skills that are applicable” in the world (Hullinger, 2015).
I chose Westminster because it did not advocate a traditional approach to education. It gave me the idea that students learn through experiences. It also provided students the opportunities to apply the knowledge from their chosen major across a broad range of fields. “Students advance not by ticking off classes but by proving they’ve mastered specific skill sets, or competencies” (Hullinger, 2015). We often forget that it could be simple for most students to memorize and answer questions on an exam. What is challenging both for the brain and the student is allowing them to figure things out on their own by applying what they learn in the real world. Colleges need to make the shift from a traditional education to a tangible one. Colleges can do so by creating classes that are collaborative and allow for discussion. Courses within all majors can combine students from different fields and provide the opportunity for them to collaborate, solve problems, and reach their full potential.
Hullinger, J. (2015, May 20). This is the future of college. The New Rules Of Work. Retrieved from https://www.fastcompany.com/3046299/the-new-rules-of-work/this-is-the-future-of-college
Selingo, J. J. (2013). College (un)bound: The future of higher education and what it means for students. Boston, MA: New Harvest.