What Caused the Demise of the Traditional College Classroom? (Part 2/2)

What Caused the Demise of the Traditional College Classroom? (Part 2/2)
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    We all have a picture of college in our minds and depending on the place you want to apply for, it may differ in some aspects.

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3. Say ‘Goodbye’ to useless topics and all-mighty tutors!

The sum total of all student surveys affects the ranking of the respective tutor. The tutor will have to answer for their low performance at the next faculty gathering.

Market economy presses the education system to get in touch with business and its needs. So, you are more likely to do a real-life internship than a coursework on a person no one (except a handful of academics) cares or has cared for during the recent decades.

4. A degree matters – both for you and for the college.

Colleges are also ranked according to their alumni performance – so if you don’t get a decent job or into a good university within the next two or three years after graduation, it’s deemed as much your fault as one of the college that ‘molded’ you.

So, colleges do their best to ensure all their alumni get a chance to develop their talent.

Most colleges even offer additional benefits – such as courses at a reduced or no price at all, free membership in professional organizations etc.

5. Money – no need to be one of the Rockefeller family to afford college.

When it comes to college, one of the main concerns is money. College fees are famous for costing an arm and a leg so you do need some funds.

Here is the big BUT; if you are a brilliant student or a talented artist OR you are great at sport, you have a chance of getting your place at that longed-for college for free (or almost for free).

If a college admission board decides that your talent will help the college get up in the ranking, then you’ll have a good chance of being offered a place.

The answer is simple. To a college that values their own reputation, talents and the prospective professional realization of their students matters much more than that.

6. Welcome to the digital era!

Forget about the dusty and dark library and the sulky librarian that makes you wait for a week before calling you in at 7 a.m. for that article. Most libraries are now in digital format so you don’t even need to be physically in the place to get access to what you need (with the exception of some really valuable originals) and you can access the files on all your devices.

Plus, you can attend lectures from the comfort of your own bed – you only need a web cam and Internet connection.

The world changes and so does the educational system. Colleges make use of new technologies and employ new techniques to make you want to be part of their environment.

All clichés we have in our minds about education have almost nothing to do with the current reality. College education tries to catch up with the current situation and some of the new opportunities will surprise you or make you want to get back in college and check it yourself.

Want to tell others about the wonderful development in college education or to save this article for later? Don’t hesitate – spread the word!

If you want to research further – take a look at these articles:

  1. https://www.cnbc.com/2014/09/11/f-the-classroom-as-we-know-it.html
  2. https://top5onlinecolleges.org/differences-between-online-and-traditional-college-settings/
  3. http://www.rasmussen.edu/student-life/blogs/college-life/online-vs-traditional-education-answer-never-expected/

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