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Higher Education as a Vehicle for Community Engagement

How can higher education encourage and serve as a conduit for the strengthening of local fabrics and engagement with community.

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This contribution inspired by the question: "what does higher education (and education more broadly) look like once students are no longer learning for the sole interest of eventual entry into the workforce? By 2030, 2 billion jobs available today will no longer exist. Say 50 years later, if or when job becomes (more or completely) obsolete within society, what kinds of skills will we teach? 

DePaul University's community service learning program offers an interesting example, which you can read more about here.  

How might examples such as these help us consider the future of higher education models that teach holistic and community oriented skills, preparing learners for a very different tomorrow? 

A great quote from the article explaining how these programs are good for institutions, alongside students and communities:

"For higher education, practical opportunities that intentionally integrate all aspects of our missions and simultaneously support interdisciplinary teaching and learning ultimately have a positive impact on the reputation of the university in the local community — and regardless of national stature, we all have reputations in our local communities."

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What are we learning/teaching FOR? What does higher education (and education more broadly) look like once students are no longer learning for the sole interest of eventual entry into the workforce? By 2030, 2 billion jobs available today will no longer exist. Say 50 years later, if or when job becomes (more or completely) obsolete within society, what kinds of skills will we teach?

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