Making greater schooling the norm for everybody within the nation—and guaranteeing that individuals haven’t simply entry to greater schooling, but in addition the help to finish that schooling—is paramount to the nation’s future success, stated Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Schooling and former CEO of Chicago Public Faculties.
Duncan, who’s a distinguished senior fellow on the College of Chicago Harris Faculty of Public Coverage, sat down throughout an EDUCAUSE 2022 session and mentioned among the greatest challenges greater schooling is going through—and school entry and completion dominated the dialog.
Questions got here from Michael Berman, retired CIO, California State College, Workplace of the Registrar; Brian Baute, business principal for schooling with RingCentral; and Jessie Minton, vice chancellor for expertise and CIO of Washington College in St. Louis.
“We’ve seen super innovation and adaptation over the previous couple of years. How will we [create] the prospect to not simply go to varsity, however graduate, for folk throughout the nation the norm?” Duncan stated. “The reality is that lower than half the nation has a school diploma. If we’re going to shut the hole between the haves and have-nots, the problem for all of us is how we begin to schooling exponentially extra younger individuals. It’s not about entry, however completion.”
Schooling is historically sluggish to vary, usually attempting to do extra in the identical method. As an alternative of transformation, it’s incremental progress. So how can greater ed transfer the needle ahead? A part of the reply is present in new studying modalities and increasing studying alternatives to college students who don’t have the posh of transferring to a faculty and residing there whereas they earn a level.