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Why College is Important?
Many changes have been occurring lately in higher and college education. They are the outcomes of ever-lasting world changes in different spheres of human life such as economics, politics, labor market, community, technology, demographics etc. Many scholars are debating whether these changes are good or bad. Some educational paths and models are still relevant in today's college education, while others are old-fashioned and obsolete. The paper tends to overview these changes and tries to give exhaustive answers to these questions.
Globalization of the modern society has influenced higher/college education enormously as well as any other sphere of human life. It is important, therefore, to analyze the driving force, which bears on higher education and tries to increase its impact. Historically, higher/college education has been connected with industry and economy (Little, 2008). Higher education is considered to be a social instrument, and this role is accepted for many years. Universities seem to play an active role in the transformation of society, which deals with economic development, national identity, social cohesion etc. College education has been changed due to technology, which is mostly positive. Technological advances have improved the level of teaching and studying, because teachers and students have an unlimited access to the different sources via the Internet. Nowadays, the Internet research becomes more common, where students have a great opportunity to use encyclopedias, academic books and journals as well as other sources online. There is no need to go to the library and spend time searching for necessary information. IT techniques and methods are very helpful in the process of learning. Though, it is worth mentioning that one should be rather selective as not all online sources can be reliable.
Many scholars argue about some past educational paths and models that are still relevant today. For example, such educational model in which learning and practicing come together has gained recognition for many years. Present-day society demands lifelong learning as in the past. Life is constantly changing and it is important for individuals to improve their academic standards or gain better educational skills in order to fulfill their plans and ideas. In the rapidly changing labor market one can face new challenges and opportunities, which require new academic skills and training (Christensen, 2011). Various societal changes, which are reflected in the workforce, require higher education for students to become experts in their fields. This is an important goal of lifelong learning of all times. Another educational path, which is still relevant today, is a conceptual learning model, when knowledge, attitude, and skills are developed through learning and gaining experience. It means that studying, work and participation in community affairs etc. make a substantial contribution to the process of learning.
Higher/college education is important in regard to career development in the future. Consequently, the important thing about higher education is to that it requires a person to understand where he or she is good at. Motivation in higher education is a key to future success. Life is full of choices, and it is important to find a proper way to achieve a goal (Brennan, 2008). During lifetime, people tend to change their attitudes, values, goals and desires. Therefore, it is important to be flexible in the ever-changing environment. Obviously, such educational model can fit all colleges, students or teachers. It depends on different factors such as types of institutions, environment, economy and others.
It is worth mentioning that higher/college education is constantly changing due to the outside influence. Many experts state that most of the changes are positive, though some have negative features. Nevertheless, it is important to understand which of the paths and models to use in higher education to achieve better results.