Higher Education is Changing – Part 1

So if you haven’t noticed yet, students are getting frustrated with the cost of higher education. Clicking on the picture below will take you to a detailed report on the ways that student debt negatively affects the odds of whether young people in Canada will pursue higher education.

To see how bad the problem is in the US, check out this  fascinating infographic. So if the costs are becoming too high what’s going to happen? I hope you are paying attention because more and more people are talking about the fact that higher education needs to adapt or perish.

John Mark Renyolds predicted that in the future students will be paid to go to college. The first real-life example I have found is the E[institute]. The model differs from traditional education in that it aims to provide “a two-year apprenticeship program, empowering 15 young adults to learn from and work with the top NYC entrepreneurs.”

One of the foundational philosophies of the program is the belief that “the best way to learn is to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. Our program places our fellows in the real world on day one, building on a foundation of real-life experiences with real-life consequences.”

When I read that, I couldn’t help but think that Bible Colleges need to keep finding ways to make education grow out of the environment where students hope to lead — that is, the church. See my previous series on how higher biblical education is adapting if you want to preview some examples of how this is already beginning to happen.

Also, watch for part 2 of this post in the next couple of days, which will show how MITx is changing the way Higher Education works.

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