At a forum Tuesday in Washington D.C., President Joseph E. Aoun said higher education must keep up its social compact with Americans and continue to innovate to meet the needs of students.
The results from a national poll conducted by FTI were released at the “Innovation Imperative: The Future of Higher Education" forum held in Washington, DC.
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"However, while respondents believe the U.S. is a global leader in higher education, they said greater investments are needed to maintain that standing"
"They also acknowledged there are significant obstacles making it harder to achieve a college degree today, and they called for greater innovation to ensure the U.S. remains at the forefront of higher education in the world."
"In particular, Aoun noted that survey participants called for more flexibility, online/hybrid education options and opportunities for experiential learning, entrepreneurship and global experiences."
"However, Aoun cited an “explosion of innovation” in higher education that is aimed at addressing these concerns, including shortening the path to degree and advancements in how academic courses are assessed."
"However, Leonhardt pointed to statistics that show only half of those who enter college earn degrees, as well as the gap in access to higher education based on economic status."
"Koller acknowledged that most courses don’t have a rigorous structuring of learning outcomes and how assessments align with those learning outcomes. 'When you’re constructing a course for thousands of people, that has to occur,' she said. 'This is not the solution to the assessment problem, but it’s a very valuable step along the way.'”
"On that same topic, Leonhardt asked Broad about how to respond to a parent who asks how to determine what his or her child actually learned in college.
'That] is the focus of a considerable amount of effort today in the issue of assessing learning outcomes and to ensure that the things that really matter,” Broad said. “That ability to have intellectual skills, to have a deeper knowledge in a specialized area, to apply what you have learned in a real-world environment, to be able to communicate effectively, both orally and through writing. Those are the things that I would urge they look for.'”