We in Canada spend almost $30 billion annually on higher education, about half of which comes from government sources, and almost a third comes from student tuition. About 60% pays for salaries and benefits. I wonder what people would say is 'the higher ed we need now' as a return for this investment. Here's what Goldie Blumenstyk suggests (quoted):
- A more interdisciplinary approach to teaching, with more community-based internships and practicums.
- More applied learning that can be evaluated through guided reflection and mentoring, to prepare students in all fields for careers of purpose for society.
- Customized education, leveraging the online environment and technology tools, that is both values-based and experiential.
Now I think that this is a pretty good starting point. This would go a long way toward making higher education the community resource it should be. My question is, is there a way to get from where we are to where we could be?