Sometimes a prospective student reframes or abbreviates the above questions as “Why go to college?” Others (not students) touch on the questions from the perspective of expense and cost. Meanwhile, some people look at the questions and answer through the lens of their personal experience. It appears the framing of the above questions and the answers are often from each person’s perspective. We need to consider a broader perspective. That will not be easy. It will take time and patience to explore fully.
The purpose of this series of blogs is to broaden the reader’s perspectives on colleges and universities. A broader understanding of a college education and the value of the colleges can deepen the conversation around why. The value and importance will be partly from the transformation this education imparts upon the individual. There are also societal values that come from an educated citizenry. There are cultural implications. There are generational commitments, which fuel the rhythm of transference. There is certainly the perspective of investment and the expected return on that investment. Finally, of course, it is critical to understand the origins of what is today’s college education. These topics, as well as others, will be part of this series of blog posts.
It is also likely that I will not convey everything correctly or succinctly. My colleagues in higher education likely will disagree with some of what I post. That is fantastic. I welcome alternative points of view and all the corrections I will richly deserve. That dialogue informs and broadens everyone’s understanding and serves as a living example of civil discourse. The ability to communicate while agreeing to disagree is another of the beautiful benefits of this topic, a college education.
I hope for one final benefit for this blog. I hope that other educators and I draw back the curtain on how we attempt to educate. I think even we as educators and professors sometimes forget in the day-to-day grind the larger picture. We do not want to hide or be less than transparent about our learning goals, but sometimes, we forget to voice our noble purpose. However, ask any of us. We will indeed beam when we talk about that moment when we discern awareness or understanding has dawned within our students. The sudden joy we feel when that proverbial lightbulb goes on within our students.
So buckle up and enjoy the ride as I humbly attempt to provide my perspective on the answers to “Why have colleges and college education?” If all goes according to plan, I will post on this topic every week. This round of posts will feature on LinkedIn. I hope that there will be some teaching tips mixed in along with some pictures of my trips. Please, if you read, comment. Agree or disagree, all viewpoints help, so I look forward to comments. And feel free to reshare anything you find worthwhile.
Many of you know that I am teaching B2B marketing #b2b #b2bmarketing using LinkedIn as the platform for the students to learn how to manage both a LeadGen and ABM campaign. Some may also know of my firm conviction that a university education is a transformative event. Combining these two important aspects of my life has led to this latest endeavor. I will be posting links to my blogs on the value ofHere are my essays.