Can’t we all just get along?
For Unit 3 and Unit 4 the focus has been on value of higher education. However value is such a vague term, so my focus has been on economical value in higher education. The high costs, rising inflation, cost of living, unemployment for recent grades, and lack of return on investment has been are the negative economic values I have discovered. The positives values include are longevity of higher earnings for college grades, happier lifestyles, and healthier lifestyle all positive economical values. Healthier lifestyle can be tricky but it is obvious those who live longer work longer generally and spend more. Happier generally ties back to longevity at one’s job career and the pay corresponds usually with how long one remains in a given longevity with one company.
Obviously the major compromises would be to improve the lower class, by improving unions and trade schools. Another would be to increase overall pay to keep up with inflation and cost of living. The other would be to drop prices on higher education Maybe even offer student loans that didn’t start collecting interest until after the student had graduated for 5 years. All are viable and all give better outcomes for higher education, and still leaves help for those who do not continue education.
|Response I agree with you that value is a general term and especially in higher education where there is multiplicity of advantages and or disadvantages that can be derived from the practice. Equally important, higher education is an economic venture where service providers and recipients benefit after utilizing their inputs in the most appropriate manner. So that with little or ineffective consideration on how to be involved in matters of higher education, one can easily suffer the unexpected economic drawbacks after investing heavily in the practice. It is important to note that this does not imply to majority who have actively engaged in higher education but to a few whose decisions and planning for higher education might not have worked well for their favor. For instance, poor choice of courses can lead to lack of highly expected better lifestyles for higher education recipients. If this persists, scholars who opt for the same courses would end up changing their mind thereby affecting intake rates in institutions which offer these courses. Your points on compromise are all viable apart from increase in overall pay as this depends on stability of state’s economy. That is, increasing pay in an unstable economy is impractical. Instead, you can use stimulation of state’s economy by creating job opportunities as an additional point Note The points in red refer to the same point (that is, increased cost of living or inflation). These can be made into two points by making the first point specific (that is, high cost of higher education).the second point would be inflation Delete words in green Include or insert words in turquoise
Higher Education-common ground
Higher education has been a hot topic recently and the number one concern that I have found is cost of tuition and student loan debt. As the cost of tuition continues to rise more students are forced to pull out student loans and others to bypass college altogether. On the other hand, society has conditioned students to believe that once they earn a four-year degree they will land a successful job and be able to repay their debt. However, we have recently been noticing college graduates being underemployed and unable to repay their student loan debt after graduation. Instead, students are defaulting on their debt repayments and are living back with their parents. This has led students to question if higher education is worth pursuing or not.
Common ground is that research and statistics still show that a bachelor’s degree out earns those with only a high school diploma. It would be beneficial if colleges and businesses worked together even more on getting recent graduates into internship programs leading to better jobs so that they will be able to comfortably repay their student loan debt. Some compromises would be to delay student loans from accruing interest until the recent graduate was out of the entry-level position and into a higher skilled job that paid a decent salary. This would allow the student to have an easier transition from college to the work force without the stressful burden of repaying the ever growing student loan debt right away. Schools should also highlight which majors lead to higher paying careers so that student’s have a better understanding of what they are getting themselves into. Often time’s students complete a random liberal arts degree unsure of what career it will lead to and then struggle to find a high paying job later on.
|Response Your observation on the cost of higher education and its effects on loan defaulting is true. Many at times, students have developed wrong attitudes from the society’s interpretation of the importance of higher education. Internship programmes help in cultivating skills necessary for the job market. However, basing on internship (a lone) to develop appropriate skills for the job market means inefficiency of higher education programmes because, in most cases, graduates are expected to find internship opportunities by themselves. As a result, they fall victims to employers who offer these opportunities but with little or no pay claiming that graduates are benefiting from the programme. Therefore, in order to make it learner friendly and improve efficiency of higher education programmes, the internship programmes should be organized by learning institutions in collaboration with employers during respective course periods. This arrangement has been successful in medical and engineering fields. Your point on highlighting of majors in respect to career payment is not a relevant to the subject being addressed because; higher education programmes are defined by all elements of the respective courses. Therefore, basing on majors alone can cause students to be biased on particular subjects of the course. An alternative can be institutions offering courses that are more relevant to market demands so that students are assured of the benefits after successful completion of their programmes.