Change is the only constant in life, so it should be no surprise that the state of higher education as evolved as will continue to evolve. This week’s readings, Making Reforms Happen 2015 and The State of Higher Education 2014, touched on this subject. The reading covers changing reforms, policies and perceived changes that must happen in order for higher education to evolve and be inclusive of the all the changes that are occurring in the world.
The report does an excellent job of covering the importance of policy assessment. It states that effective policies have proper implementation and there was follow up by the proper channels. Follow up allows those that implemented it to see that the policies are in fact working or if in the case it is not, what steps to follow to rectify this. Some of the biggest examples are the implementation of online course study, and the movements higher education institutions have taken to welcome non-traditional college students to their rosters. Over the last couple of decades, higher education has made rapid changes and the report has suggested changes in the following areas: cost, funding, research value, and assessment.
This week we took an in-depth look at our own higher educational structure as opposed to an international overall scope. Right in the beginning of the report (p.4) we have a layout on how to develop frameworks that will evaluate assessments in school systems. These frameworks focus on primary and secondary education, then goes on to say how they affect higher education. Which is great, there is a large disconnect between secondary education and higher education, on the surface this doesn’t necessarily seem like the case, but when you look at many students or question them they will say they didn’t have any or much support when it comes to higher education preparation. These assessments can help to fix these issues.
Here in America, education may seem like a big deal. Majority of (if not all) candidates running for something, be it councilmen, senator or president, even down to housewives competition to be the head of the PTA, all promise to make changes to or improve the current state of education, but oftentimes there isn’t much change, or it’s not a positive one. During the 60’s there was segregation in America, presidents of the time worked to either keep or get rid of segregation depending on what they felt was best for the country and how the people reacted, the ever famous “No Child Left Behind” act that was created by former President Bush, that affected many inner-city schools negatively, many are still trying to overcome the adverse effects, and all the changes that are occurring currently under President Obama’s administration. These policies and reforms have improved and strengthened the state of education, but as also damaged the state. Policies and reforms that lead to the changes to the parent plus loans that caused HBCUs to lose over $300 million dollars in grant and loan money. But with the ever-changing state of education and our resourcefulness here in America, these reforms and policy changes that might have hindered us, has only made us stronger in a sense and we have/are finding ways to come out ahead of the disasters, but many are doing school faster than others.
Carter, J. L. (2013). PLUS Loan Crisis a Blessing in Disguise for National HBCU Agenda. Retrieved March 21, 2016, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jarrett-l-carter/plus-loan-crisis-a-blessi_b_3782738.html