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What are the current issues in higher education in the U.S.?

I’ve received a very interesting assignment in school a few days ago. The topic is education in America; specifically—current issues in higher education. I’ve already done some research on education today but the sources are mostly outdated. I would like to hear your opinion on education problems, especially if you are a student yourself. I would appreciate any links to the latest studies to provide a solid foundation for my assignment.

Jan Berry

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Aaron Lee on February 1, 2018

I wish I could say that we do not have any current issues in the higher education system today, but I would be lying. I think that there are those major problems that are common for many countries nowadays. Let’s talk about America here, but I’m sure most issues exist in other countries as well.

I would say that the biggest problem of the U.S. education is the stereotype about the bachelor’s degree. There is some kind of addiction to it dictated by the common thought that only with a degree you can have a successful life. Most of us still think that it is the only way. In some cases, yes. Unfortunately, many organizations look for the degree just to checkmark the required field in the application. Fortunately, there are more progressive places that look at the skills first of all and are ready to hire a person with alternative credentials.

Strangely, while we are seeking a college degree to get a better job and salary, in reality, the institutions do a poor job in helping their graduates get a good position. The whole dilemma looks quite ridiculous if you look at it objectively. The unemployment and underemployment rates among graduates are unprecedentedly high these days. This is one of the biggest problems in the American education.

As I’ve mentioned before, employers are also to blame. Sometimes, companies set a bachelor’s or master’s degree requirement for the positions that do not really need them. It became a standard for many companies. Thus, people have to spend more money or time studying what they do not essentially need.

The problem is topped by the doubts in the quality of today’s education. In most cases, young bachelors do not have the whole set of required skills to apply for complex jobs despite the promises of the universes.

The last issue in modern education I want to highlight are the debts. Most families cannot afford the huge tuition fees and take loans that a student has to pay off after finishing a college. The average debt is estimated to range between $30-50 thousand, sometimes even more. Thus, we all rush to find any job that would pay us at least some money to deal with the debt that is placed on our shoulders. The situation leads to an increasing number of unhappy white collars who hate their job and wish they could pursue the career of their dreams. The quality of work isn’t impressive in these cases, as you understand.

I can talk about more problems in education, but I will stop now and advice you to take into consideration the topic of your paper. Think about what you want to pursue and the best way to reach your dreams.

Emily Alexandera year ago

While I agree that the tuition fees are huge and the loans burden the graduates and their families, I would strongly disagree on the matter the importance of the graduate degrees as a higher education problem. It mostly depends on the students whether they get the required skills to take a job of their dreams after the college. I know many people who simply waste their years going to the classes that they don’t actually listen and pay attention to.

Yes, these people are pursuing the degree only because their parents want them too. In this perspective, we do have major issues in the education system today. However, those people who know what they want and what they need to learn benefit form colleges greatly. There, you have experienced professors who can give you a great advice, you get useful friends and connections that may come in handy later in life. Generally speaking, you also get a different viewpoint of the adult life that no secondary school or those popular online open courses can give you.


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