If, as many surveys indicate:
- industry says college students aren't graduating with the skills they need
- most students are not prepared for college-level work
- students say they aren't prepared for college
- we know that the key to a college student's success is the personal connections he/she can make...
This article from Times Union is suggesting that the results of this poll indicate that respondents value skills more than a college degree, specifically the kind of skills you might acquire at a technical college. The article goes on to say:
...there will always be jobs that require skill and training but not necessarily a college degree.
Others in the education field say that some high schools simply want to be able to say they send their students off to four-year-colleges. That's the kind of thing that looks good on rankings of schools.
But now students are taking note of programs offered by BOCES offices, or career-focused schools that can serve as pipelines to the job market; others provide actual workplace experiences.Hmm. So is the real problem that we aren't graduating students with degrees? Or that we aren't putting a quality education behind that degree? It seems that we place the responsibility for the quality - the "what" and "how" - of an education on the instructor and the curriculum. That would leave technology's job to help out the graduation rate - the "how," "when," and "where."
There's one question we often ignore: WHO?