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Are we asking the right Questions?

After reviewing everyone's information, it makes me wonder if this challenge is asking the right questions?

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When you pour through the comments that folks have posted, it made me wonder if this challenge is asking the right questions. Often when we talk about Higher Education we talk about the system as it is, and how do we fix it or make it more affordable. Our world has fundamentally changed. Maybe some of the questions we should be asking are, how can employers create more effective ways to hire new employees than the classic degree system. How can potential employees prove that they have skills and knowledge without a traditional college degree? Why is the term "Educated" attached to degree status vs skills, knowledge and abilities? How do we make high school the new college?

What are some of the core questions and issues that need to be asked?

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

The research phase has addressed some good issues.

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Photo of Eric P. Rhodes

Hi Darrick,

Great insight and great questions! I couldn't agree more. Some questions I've been thinking about are:

Where are the information gaps? How can we better inform students of the scholarship opportunities? How can we better inform students of the different paths they can take to pay for education? Or the different paths they can take to get your degree (i.e. community college, testing out of classes, etc.) Is there a place in the education system for developing job-ready skills in the short-term using MOOCs and tech trade school intensives? How can colleges use the MOOC and intensive system in ways that benefits students, but also gives them college credits? Can the name school halo effect be changed? Can change the experience of getting a college degree? Maybe one that is more mobile, flexible, and asynchronous.

Thanks,
Eric

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Great questions Eric. It sounds like you asking about how can we better inform students before they enter the college system as to their paths and choices forward and two, how can we use alternative paths of learning to gain credentials? You are right, each of your questions can bring greater insight into the issue at hand. Thank you for your questions.

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Darrick, that's exactly right!

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Darrick and Eric, as a student in my 4th year pursuing a degree, I am constantly looking for relevant course work or experiences that will make me successful and competitive in the field I want to enter after I graduate. I agree, we should consider alternative paths of learning to gain necessary skills. I have spent many classes engaging in group projects that pair with local businesses. I have found this to be the most relevant, and where the most learning occurs. Another question to consider: How can we change the perspective of employers to value a better balance of experience with classroom education?

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Hi Cristin, I like that you're so proactive about your experience. Do you find that to be the case for most students you encounter or are do you think yours is more of an outlier approach? Also, your question is really intriguing. What are you seeing/experiencing from employers - which prompts you to ask that question? Can you dig a little deeper into your question?

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