Things have certaintly evolved from the time when our parents were in school until now. Technology has develops a record setting speed. Our generation has brought about changes unforeseen to older generations. In the last decade, here’s some notable higher education changes that have occurred:
- Online Learning – Earning a degree online has gone from sounding questionable to a very common occurrence especially among families and career-driven individuals. People who don’t have the time to sit in a classroom after working full-time can enjoy the freedom of learning at their own pace online.
- Study Abroad – Since 2000, there has been reportedly a 60% increase in the number of students studying abroad. It seems there has been a wider focus on students understanding the importance of the globalization of their career.
- Admissions – Using social media has become a common practice among universities attempting to recruit quality candidates. Instead of sending mail postcards, universities tweet, text message and email students about why their universities is better.
- Career Education Explosion – For profit colleges have become very common. Sometimes, there are five or six in just one area of a city. Students seeking to learn a specific skill set are given desirable options such as flexible class hours and promises of post-grad job placement.
- Student Amenities – Students are no longer sharing community bathrooms in college, some have private suites and share a common area versus one large room to be shared between all. Pools, Gyms, and Kitchens have become the new must-haves.
- Two-year Colleges – The local county provided colleges have become popular because of the affordability. Students can finish their first two years of college while getting a first hand look at what a college environment is like. Record numbers of applicants have even forced some colleges to turn students away for fear of overcrowding.