How Do You Measure the True Value of Higher Education?

I have written numerous articles about best practices for educators to use when teaching adult students, and I have enjoyed conversations that have begun as a result of comments posted. Several of the comments that have been written in response to my articles have discussed aspects of higher education that seem to be broken or in need of repair. I understand those perspectives and I have respect for anyone who wants to discuss important issues in this field. For example, I have read many articles recently about adjuncts, especially online adjuncts, related to issues concerning pay, course size, and job security. I know that the for-profit online school industry has come under great scrutiny. In contrast, there is a non-profit online school that is gaining popularity by offering competency-based degree programs resembling correspondence-based courses.

If you aren’t familiar with the original concept of a correspondence course, it was popular in the 1970s and usually consisted of a participant being mailed study materials and a test or assessment that had to be completed and mailed back in. There may have been lectures to watch on public television at a particular time of day as part of the program. Once the requirements were met, a certificate of completion was mailed. I have spoken with several people who have completed degrees with the non-profit online school mentioned above and the reason why I compare it to a correspondence course is that it is possible to complete classes without ever having to interact with an instructor. The only requirement for course completion is to pass a final assessment, with a pass or fail option in place of a grade, and the passing grade is often set with a percentage as low as 55%, which is a failing grade for most traditional colleges.

With all of the issues surrounding the field of higher education, the question then becomes: Is it possible to still earn a degree, one that holds value for students? More importantly, is it possible to measure the true value of a degree in higher education? I believe the answer begins with a matter of purpose and by that, I mean schools should be working to ensure that educational programs and courses are designed with a specific purpose and completed for a specific purpose by the students. Educators should also see this as a matter of importance as they develop their instructional strategies and work with students in the classroom. It may sound too idealistic and improbable to implement; however, there is something that every educator can do to ensure that their students are working towards this goal of purposeful-driven education. What I will focus on is the educator’s perspective and strategies that can increase value for students.

My Experience in Higher Education

While working for one of the larger for-profit online schools, students stated to me hundreds of times in their introductions that once they completed their associate’s degree they would be able to purchase a new house, new car, and earn a six-figure income. I do not know if that was their belief when they began their degree program, and I do not want to blame anyone if that wasn’t their initial belief; however, students need to have realistic expectations. For these students, a degree was almost like a lottery ticket to a better life. While they were not really certain how that transformation was supposed to occur, they were convinced that it would happen upon graduation.

I can also share an example of my own continuing education. I enrolled in a traditional MBA program as I was planning to relocate and I knew that I was going to start my own small business as a consultant and writer. I also knew that historically a MBA graduate was highly-sought after; however, that has changed over time. Obtaining a MBA no longer guaranteed a certain job or career. What I acquired after graduation was a knowledge base that would inform my small business practice, help develop my business acumen, and continue to inform my teaching practice.

The next degree I sought was also done for a specific purpose and it was focused on adult education, as I was working in the field of higher education and had goals established. I knew going into my doctorate degree program exactly what I wanted accomplish once I had graduated, and how the acquired knowledge would enhance my teaching practice and serve as professional development for my career. In other words, I did not expect that the degree itself was going to do something for me, as people often do when they invest their time and finances in a degree, I knew what I was going to do with that degree – and that is how I was going to gain value from it.

The question that I keep in mind now is this: How do I help students also gain this type of value from their degree, especially if they do not start out with a purpose in mind?

What Does It Mean to Create Value?

I have worked for many online schools that have told their students to be sure to relate the concepts they are studying to the real world, without providing any further explanation or set of instructions. The phrase “real world” is being used so much now by schools that administrators believe everyone knows what it means, and I am not convinced that students actually understand it from the same perspective. The real world for students may involve trying to make ends meet, working to support a family, and balancing many responsibilities – while in contrast, schools want students to see bigger issues. Many of these same schools also give their instructors similar guidelines and tell them to relate the course concepts to the real world as they write course announcements, provide feedback, and engage students in class discussions.

As a faculty development specialist and educator in higher education myself, I well understand the wide range of possibilities that an application of course concepts to the real world can involve. In other words, how I view the real world and the issues surrounding it may be vastly different than someone else who holds a different position, skillset, academic background, and set of experiences than I do. This means that simply telling instructors to apply topics to the real world does not necessarily mean value is being created for their students. How someone defines the real world now is a matter of importance and that can vary from one individual to another, and students may not always relate to the reality of their instructors – and that means another solution must be found if relevance is the key to creating value. Below are some strategies that I have implemented in my online classes to help create value for students.

Purpose, Vision Statement: I believe that a purpose statement exercise is one of the most helpful projects that an educator can implement, if a connection can be made to the course and there is flexibility allowed in the course curriculum. When I have utilized this as an activity, I have asked students to define, redefine, expand, elaborate upon, and share the purpose for their degree program. I then have an opportunity to help work on mentoring students and adjusting, if even slightly, their expectations. When I provide instructions for this activity, I will ask them to share some research related to the career outlook for any of the jobs they may be interested in.

A vision statement activity can be implemented in conjunction with a purpose statement exercise, or used as a standalone activity, as a means of encouraging students to look ahead and define what they are working towards in realistic and specific terms. This activity can be useful for students who are visual or prefer to write out their goals. If a student is visually oriented, they can express their vision as a series of steps and find images to represent each goal. For written goals, students can provide details that go beyond stating something general, such as “I will earn a six-figure income” – and describe specific steps to be taken after graduation.

Collaboration: If you want students to begin to understand what the real world is like, try to find a way to have them collaborate together in small groups. What this does is to have them experience difference perspectives, opinions, and experiences. While some students may not be open to listening to or accepting what others have to say, and may even argue against them, eventually they will realize that there are other versions of reality that exist. While this may prompt conflict, and the group may never fully function together in the manner that you would like for them to in the short term, it is possible that this can serve as a trigger and prompt higher order thinking.

Projects: Project-based learning or PBL is popular with many educators and I can certainly understand why as it effectively demonstrates how students have taken and applied what they are learning throughout the class term. In addition, they are creating a portfolio, often stored through electronic means, that can be shown to potential employers as evidence of work product produced as part of the degree program. In other words, PBL prompts more that rote memorization of course concepts.

Case Studies: This is one of the most popular methods for implementing a real-world approach to learning. There are many case studies available for instructors and many more than can be found through online resources. These studies are usually related to businesses and can be used to prompt discussions and analyzation, leading to the use of critical thinking skills. This provides value as students are learning to think beyond the parameters of a textbook and apply what is being learned to what they may encounter in their careers.

Current Topics: Any time an instructor brings current topics into the classroom they are utilizing the real world. This provides context but not necessarily value. The value comes from how it is used and what students are doing with the information. More importantly, as with any activity there must be consideration given as to how it relates to the course, the learning objectives, and ultimately the degree program. For example, a current topic that is used as a springboard for application and analyzation of a course topic provides context and value for students.

As an educator, I am not going be able to change higher education by myself – whether it is the for-profit online school industry or the non-profit online school industry. As an adjunct online instructor, I am not going to be able to change existing courses and curriculum that I have been assigned to teach. Does this mean I should look at higher education as a system that is broken and beyond repair if I see nothing but problems? Should I feel hopeless if students are earning degrees that do not seem to hold the value they hoped to receive or may have been told they would receive? Absolutely not.

I can take every opportunity I have available to help teach my students how to define and redefine the purpose they have for their degree program – even as I am working to help them learn to relate and apply what they are learning to current topics and business issues. I measure value in higher education by the strategies I implement to help students find purpose and meaning as they are involved in the learning process. True value in higher education begins when I help engage students in the course and the learning process, and I implement purposeful-driven educational strategies.

Top 7 Scholarship Tips

So, if you want to qualify for the sponsorship, we suggest that you follow these tips. Getting a scholarship is not easy as there is a lot of competition involved.

Scholarship providers look for certain things to make sure the candidate qualifies for the scholarship. If you want to get a scholarship, make sure you meet the criterion. Besides, you can use the tips given below to increase your chances of qualifying for the award.

Tip 1: Use concrete examples

If you are going to include an abstract in your answer, make sure you use concrete examples for illustrating your point. Actually, the scholarship sponsors are in search of someone who meets their strict criterion. They don’t just rely on unsupported statements.

Tip 2: Make Sure You Are Eligible

Before applying, you should read the directions and requirements carefully to ensure that you are eligible. Remember: your application will be rejected if you are not eligible.

Tip 3: Identify the Goals of The Sponsor

You should try to identify the goals of the sponsor. Do they want the people to show interest in a certain field? Maybe they are looking for some business leaders and researchers for future needs. If you succeed in identifying their goals, we suggest that you emphasis these goals in your application to increase your chances of qualifying for the award.

Tip 4: Follow The Directions

You must follow the directions. In other words, your application should have all what is required. Your application should be complete as an incomplete application is likely to be thrown away. Make sure the application doesn’t have spelling or grammar errors.

Tip 5: Put Together a Great Resume

Make a list of your accomplishments as this will help show your strengths to the reviewers. Aside from this, you provide the writers of the letters of recommendation with a copy of your resume.

Tip 6: Respect all deadlines.

You should set a deadline for yourself, and make sure the deadline is at least a couple of weeks away. You can use this time to review your application to make sure it is free of errors.

All parts of your application should reach the reviewers in time. The important parts include different documents, such as transcripts and letters of recommendation. What you need to do is make sure that the reviews of your application will have enough time to include the necessary things.

Tip 7: Make a Copy

It’s important to make a copy of your packet to serve as a backup. If your application doesn’t reach the office due to some unknown reason, you can reproduce and resend it without any problem.

On each page of your application, your name and social security number should be visible. If your application documents are not identifiable, they may get lost. Therefore, you should take your time and make some copies of all the documents, just to be on the safe side.

So, if you want to qualify for the sponsorship, we suggest that you follow these tips. Getting a scholarship is not easy as there is a lot of competition involved. But you can set yourself apart from the crowd by following these tips and taking the right steps. Hope this helps.

Pharmacy Career – Career for Youths

Introduction

In the healthcare industry, there are a lot of career options available for the interested candidates wanting a career dream in the field of medical sciences. The job of a pharmacist is full of responsibilities in helping the people’s with the best of healthcare medicines facilities.

The pharmacy profession is always a choice of preference for the medical aspirants. There are many other medical or para-medical courses available for interested students.The profession of pharmacy provides various job opportunities in the different field too. Now a day’s pharmacy industry and profession are experiencing rapid changes due to advanced technological innovations and ideas sweeping across the world. Hence these changes give better oppor­tunities to the pharmacy profession and it is imperative to evolve a Pharmacy academic program that suits the basic thirst of the nation like providing medicines at affordable prices, community health care etc.

Education background

To get to see yourself for a career of the dispensing of medicines, and interacting with the people healthcare, an amazing career option, a medical aspirant needs to get good grades in the subjects of physics, chemistry, biology, and English to get it from the reputed school around the world.

Duration of the course

The duration of the pharmacist’s courses in the form of bachelor’s and master’s degree courses last for 4 years and 2 years respectively. A medical candidate has to never underestimate the influence, what the pharmacy field can offer you with. The career of pharmacy is about to help with the busy life schedule and quick delivery of the medicines. With this, the career is compelling to provide you with the best of options to groom well in the field with the equal participation in the different programs and studies.

Work experience

Undertaking a placement or gaining relevant work experience will greatly enhance your employability. It shows potential employers that you are enthusiastic and that you can apply the skills you have learned during your course to the workplace. It is also possible to gain experience in a hospital pharmacy, although this may be unpaid work shadowing and last from a few days to a few weeks. Experience in a retail environment or voluntary work in a healthcare setting will enable you to develop valuable skills including customer or patient care and will increase your knowledge of over-the-counter medications.

Skill set required

• Interpersonal skills.
• Ability to work well as part of a team.
• computation.
• Problem-solving skills and the ability to think clearly and methodically.
• Time management and organizational skills.
• Commercial awareness.

Colleges and Universities

There are various medical universities in the world providing the best of healthcare services, but searching through the student perspective, they are the one always looking for the best of colleges offering the quality of education at affordable fee structure and affordable accommodation. If a student is able to avail the above, then the best option for him is to avail the education in the pharmacy field from the foreign university.

Career options

• Pharmaceutical Industry- QA/QC Produc­tion/Manufacturing
• Regulatory Affairs (filing new drug applica­tion etc)
• Marketing (Medical Representative)
• Drug Inspectors
• Post graduation Studies (M.Pharm /Ph.D.)
• Clinical Research
• Insurance Sectors
• Various certificate courses in Management, Industrial applications
• Can establish own Pharmaceutical Company.
• Can become a member of Pharmacy Council of India.

Future Study

Pharmacy graduates who want a career in scientific research and development may study for a Ph.D., in fields such as biomedical or chemical science. Graduates who decide that they want to pursue careers outside pharmacy may undertake a relevant postgraduate course to broaden their skills and increase their knowledge of other areas.

Lessons College Students Need To Learn

When students enter college they will be expected to behave like adults. That means that they will do their own work, solve their own problems and interact with others in an adult or professional manner. That is just the beginning.

To live their lives as graduates who are happy, highly respected and paid well enough to achieve their goals, they should be building the platform on which to launch their careers while they are in college. The best career launch platforms are made up of Accomplishments, Successes, Positive Results and Strong Relationships in the areas they wish to pursue.

Students who learn five lessons and apply them to their daily lives will give themselves a greater chance for college and career success.

1. Perform To The Best of Their Ability, Even When They Don’t Feel Like It – Their effort, perseverance, timeliness, attitude and results all matter to employers. Employers have little choice but to use past performance as a way to predict future performance. Therefore, student performance throughout the college years (In the Classroom, During Campus Activities, In Part-Time and Summer Jobs, In the Community and During Leisure Activities) will determine how much interest employers have in any candidate. Only students with the best reputations and the best performance will command the best job offers.

2. Make Something Better – If students want a good job when they graduate, they cannot wait until the second semester of their senior year to get started. In college, students have 2, 4 or 6 years to prove themselves. Employers believe that it is plenty of time for students to demonstrate their capabilities. If students choose to coast during the college years, it is likely that they will still be coasting (and waiting) after they graduate.

3. Accept Responsibility And Demonstrate Their Capabilities – Mature, highly respected students seek opportunities to demonstrate their capabilities and expect to be held accountable for their words, actions, performance and results. They are reliable and can be counted on to get the tough things done on time and with a high degree of quality.

These students do not blame others when things go wrong and don’t make excuses for their own mistakes and failures. Rather, they admit their mistakes, apologize for the problems they caused and set about making things right.

4. Show Others They Deserve Respect – The most respected students do the right things, perform well, are quick to give credit to others and always express their appreciation to everyone who has helped. They demonstrate good manners and resist the urge to overreact or behave as an immature child might in a stressful situation. Respected students sometimes lead, but regularly support their friends and other students who are getting important things done. Importantly, they keep their promises and can be trusted.

5. Build Relationships With High Performing and Influential People – For students to be successful, other people must want them to be successful. True success seldom comes to people who are self-centered loners. We all need and depend on others to help us. Students build solid relationships when they put others first, build them up and look out for their best interests.

It is important for students to realize that solid relationships can only be built slowly over time with consistent behavior, so people can determine if they can trust them. Respect, trust and likability form the foundation of solid relationships.

Re-Thinking The Pathway To Higher Education

We have finished another school year with over 3 million high school graduates. Congratulations! Seventy percent will go on to a four-year college, even though according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), only 27% of the jobs created through 2022 will require a four-year degree and 70% of all new Wisconsin jobs being created will only require a high school degree, according to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Skills Gap Report. Based on the BLS data, National Public Radio (NPR) makes the “tongue in cheek” analogy that you could close every two and four-year College for 10 years and still meet the industry demand for college graduates.

Nineteen percent of these new high school graduates will finish their four-year degree in four years. Congratulations! Thirty-nine percent more will complete that four-year degree in six years. For the rest, life just goes on. Of those who do graduate, only about 30% will find jobs in their field do to a job market saturated with previous college graduates. Are we over-educated? Are we just choosing degrees that do not equate to a job after graduation? Or, do we just not understand our options?

College graduates will have an average student loan debt of $30-50,000 depending on which completion plan they were on, with many having student loan balances in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Total student loan debt is $1.3 trillion today and rising $3.300 every second. Congratulations! Did you know that higher education was a one-half trillion dollar industry? Paying back your federal student loan starts six months after graduation and has two options: 1) monthly payments over 10-25 years or 2) death.

There were over two million college graduates this year. Congratulations! Twenty one percent had jobs when they graduated with an average salary of $40,000, or about $20 per hour. Congratulations? That is until the minimum wage moves to $15.00 per hour, then the whole return on investment college argument becomes suspect. Thirty nine percent took jobs that did not require a college degree even though they just spent four to six years of their lives and $30-50,000 getting one. Can you spell barista? For the other 40%, life just goes on.

Today, in the United States, there are more 18-34 year olds living at home than at any time since 1880. Congratulations! This makes perfect sense. A college graduate earns $40,000, Uncle Sam takes 25%, and the average monthly expenses for a 20-something living alone is about $2,600. Ouch, we are in negative territory. Let us look at all millennials. The average salary is $27,000, Uncle Sam takes 15%, and the expenses are still about $2,600. Even more negative! Pretty tough to stay out of the red being a single college graduate or millennial. Note to parents: make sure you save a room at the inn.

The PayScale Website points out that many careers we assume require a four-year college degree can actually be started with a two-year degree. The break-even earnings point for students pursuing this career pathway is about 10 years. You say sure, but after 10 years the four-year college grad will earn more, right? Nope. I forgot to mention that after two years on the job the two-year graduate went back to college using tuition reimbursement from the employer and earned a four-year degree. With the gained experience, four-year degree, and no student loan debt, the two-year career pathway choice was the best value with greater lifetime earnings.

The Over Educated Generation is a new organization founded by Steve Burleson in 2016. As a Technical College educator for 17 years and parent, Steve saw and experienced the mixed messages that confront our students, children, parents and educators, as they navigate the confusing, false promise ridden pathway to higher education.

Our goal is to: “Educate everyone who needs to know the truth about academic & career pathways, the options available and where to find the “value” in the system. We will push for reforms and accountability so our students will not have to mortgage their futures to have fulfilling careers. ” EDUCATION IS OUR MAIN PURPOSE!

What Can Instructors Do to Promote Learning?

If you were to ask your students at the end of a course week, or at the end of a course, what they learned – what do you believe their answer would be? Would it be something they have read, a memorable class lecture, an engaging class discussion, or insight gained as a result of all of these classroom elements combined? As an educator, do you believe that learning is an ongoing process throughout the duration of the course, or do you find that it occurs at specific points and as a result of specific prompts?

It is assumed that a classroom, an instructor, a textbook, and assigned learning activities will ensure that learning occurs when students are enrolled. Consider the purpose of learning objectives or outcomes when the course is developed. The objectives establish a purpose for the course and measurement for assessments so that students can demonstrate learning has occurred. All learning activities are designed specifically for the purpose of ensuring that learning objectives are met.

Yet learning does not occur in a linear manner, within the prescribed number of course weeks, or with the assigned learning activities. Even the established course objectives do not guarantee that students will learn according to what has been planned. What is the critical element? The classroom instructor. The instructor’s role is essential not only to classroom management, but to creating conditions within the classroom and the minds of the students that are conducive to learning. These are conditions the course objectives and learning activities alone cannot create.

Additional Questions About Learning in the Classroom

As I have been thinking about the process of learning, I have developed a list of additional questions that I would like to pose to help other educators also consider how students learn.

How do you define learning? Is it a matter of students acquiring information, completing assignments, earning a grade, participating in class discussions, completing a course, or something else? Do you consider outcomes measured by the learning objectives to be temporary in nature or do those goals indicate that something long-term has occurred when students are able to demonstrate mastery or completion of each one?

Does every student learn something in your class? This is important to consider as it is almost assumed that learning is going to happen, as if there is a guarantee it will take place for every student who makes an attempt. You can also consider the amount of effort a student puts in and whether or not that will influence their ability to learn.

Do some learning activities promote learning better than others? For example, when a student answers a discussion question, has this student demonstrated learning or is a response to an instructor’s follow up question a better indicator? Are written assignments as effective, or more effective, than class discussions for helping students demonstrate what they have learned? Are some types of assignments more effective than others for serving this purpose?

My Perspective as a Student and an Educator

I obtained two of my degrees in a traditional college classroom environment. What I remember most are some of the class projects I had to complete, along with some of the written projects – especially the culminating project for my MBA program. I wrote a business plan and I was required to conduct the research necessary to launch the new business, which really put to use everything I had studied. As a result of this project, there are concepts and an application of theories that I never forgot and this helped to inform my work as an educator.

I obtained the remainder of my degrees in a non-traditional or online college classroom environment. The most challenging degree was my doctorate degree as there was nothing for me to memorize and no tests for me to pass. I earned my grades by conducting research and completing projects, especially written projects that applied the information I gained in a manner that I was creating long term knowledge. I remember those projects very well, especially my research study, and the work I began during that doctoral program I continue today. The knowledge I gained has been applied to my career, along with the books, blog posts, and articles I have written.

When I taught at the community college, I was different than many of the other instructors as I did not want to teach for a test. I knew that most of the lectures I heard while in my traditional programs were long forgotten, as were the tests I had taken. I wanted to be different and I incorporated interesting elements into my instruction. Many students were taken by surprise as they expected the same two hour stand-and-lecture approach, followed by a mid-term and final exam.

Most of my work as an educator has been in the field of distance learning. I know that the for-profit online school industry has been under scrutiny. However, distance learning can be effective if there is an instructor who has been trained not only in the subject matter but the principles of adult education. When students are provided with discussions and meaningful papers to write, and there is an instructor to guide them, they are likely to gain something of value from the class. This has always been my goal. I know as a faculty development specialist that instructors who do not understand adult education principles are the ones who often struggle to relate to students and that can leave students on their own, which can have an adverse impact on the learning process.

I have also watched a non-profit online school become prominent in the field of distance learning and it has caused many accreditors and educators like myself great concern as there are no instructors involved. It is advertised as being competency-based, but that is just a fancy phrase (for this school) for correspondence-style courses. Students can study (or not if they choose) and take assessments (three or four times if needed) until they pass – often with a score as low as 51%. There are no grades issued on transcripts, only pass or fail indicators. It will be interesting to see if this fad is accepted in the long run, or if accreditors will demand instructor to student interactions.

What Can Instructors Do to Promote Learning?

As I have studied adult education, I have come to understand learning from the perspective of how the mind takes and processes information. When students read something in the textbook or listen to a lecture, that is information and some of it will be stored in short term memory. The same is true for memorizing information for a test. That information is stored in short term memory. In order for educators to state that learning has occurred, students need to make a connection with that information in some manner or apply it in some way so that it will move into long-term memory. Long-term memory is a storage center and arranged by connections and associations. With this understanding of how information is stored, it can help an instructor prepare to help students in the classroom.

Classroom Contributions: As an instructor, you need to have a dual perspective of your classroom. One perspective is classroom management and ensuring that your contractual obligations have been met. The other is from an educational perspective and what you can do to prompt conditions conductive to adult education – even if you did not control the design of the course itself. The most important addition you can make is your intellectual contribution. As an educator, you have a unique ability to see the course concepts from multiple perspectives and you can share these views during discussions, as follow up replies and prompts. You can also share additional resources, overviews, wrap-ups, summaries, and guides – anything that will provide additional value for your students.

Student Readiness and Preparedness: The two issues that can help students, or hinder their performance at any given time, are academic readiness and preparedness. This may be beyond your immediate control at first; however, as you get to know your students and provide feedback, you will be able to address their developmental needs. What you can do is consider methods and strategies that will help their ability to learn each class week. For example, can you provide a rubric for a written assignment to help them self-check their work? Can you provide strategies and resources as tips to help them? For example, I have shared note-taking strategies and this has helped some students who struggled with reading comprehension.

Instructional Approach: As an educator, I want to focus on stimulating their intellectual interest and engaging their mind. If I provide a canned answer to a discussion question, or I do not take time to read the content of a paper, I am missing out on an opportunity to engage them in the learning process. I want to ask questions that cause students to think further and to look for additional information and answers. For the subject matter I am teaching, I am always reading to stay current in this field and looking for additional resources, case studies, and current issues I can share with students as a means of bringing the course materials to life.

Can students learn without an instructor? Yes, it is possible as we all learn informally every day. But in a formal classroom environment it is a different matter and regardless of the trends and fads that come and go in higher education, nothing can replace the value that a highly experienced and educated instructor brings to the classroom – especially one who truly cares about students and the value they receive from the class. Instructors promote learning when they are actively engaged in the class and more importantly, actively engaging the minds of their students. While this does not mean that every student will pass the class, it does indicate that students who are making an effort to be involved in the class will likely retain something in long-term memory that will be recalled later, and that is the ultimate goal of adult education.

Top 8 Factors to Consider When Choosing a College

Importance of Accreditation

An accredited college implies that the concerned college is recognized by the official, state and other educational authorities for being an institution that provides high quality education. This is very important as if the college is not accredited, the degree will not hold merit value in job placements, as well as for further studies.

Use of up-dated syllabus

Colleges whose vision is to instill a deep sense of foundation learning will ensure that their syllabus is up-to-date with the latest trends. With the speed at which new developments are occurring in every field, it’s important that colleges keep up and revise the syllabus of their program regularly. This will work wonders for the students in the long run, and reduce the cost and effort of firms in training them.

College Location

This important factor requires you to do some soul searching on your own, and decide if you want pick a college that is close to your own home, or you are comfortable re-locating to another place for the purpose of your education. We assert that you take a balanced call and if a good program allows for accommodation and stay, it’s a worthy investment.

Student – Professor Ratio

This refers to average class size a professor would take when delivering lectures. Some colleges have larger classes, where the Professor will not be able to give personal attention to each student thus leading to a dilution of study. Opting for college where is student – professor ratio is optimal allows you to interact with the professor well and learn efficiently.

Check the scholarship provisioning of the college

Students have to think about the over-all cost overheads before joining any institute. Pursuing a program from a reputed institute can sometimes be expensive, in such cases students must check for scholarship provisioning by the institute. Some Universities offer Scholarships as high up to 5 crore for the eligible students.

Transfer rate of Students: Transfer rate of students refers to the rate of percentage of incoming students who want to leave; if it is very high, it implies that students are not happy with college.

Safety: An important criterion that at times gets overlooked is ‘Safety’. Students must check if the college has adequate measures to ensure the safety inside its campus. If you are taking full time accommodation in the college, you must ensure that there are necessary alarms to prevent intruders out of the dorms at night. Also, if it’s a vast campus do check if the college has a patrolling security service so that you feel self-assured when studying at college.

Internship and Placement

Checking out where prior students of the college have got their internship done, as well as the recruiters who picked the students will give you an idea of the overall quality of students graduating from the institute. Some colleges have comprehensive programs of study which allow them to get good placements.

Emergence of New Universities

Currently, there are a number of new universities that have come up in India. These through their innovative and modern methodologies of teaching have managed to carve a niche for themselves as being excellent centers of higher education in India.

Sandip University situated in Trimbak, Nashik is among them, and in a short period of time is today considered amongst the Top-10 centers of higher education in India, by a Times-B-School survey. By far the leading university in Nasik, the institute has grown from strength to strength from the day of its inception.

Completely self-financed Sandip University has brought about a revolution of sorts with its novel methodology of teaching that centers on the growth of its students. Having 13 schools under its umbrella, it today is a preferred choice for many aspirants of higher education. Not only have we found Sandip University, matching all the 8 factors above, it also has excellent faculties that makes it at par with some of the best Universities in the world.

Guide To The Best Degree Course And University

To most people, education is everything. Due to this, they are cautious from the type of courses they choose to the universities they attend. To help you out, here are tips on how to make the right decision.

Best degree courses

There are plenty of university degrees you can choose from. Some of the best being:

Web development: Everyone is now getting into the digital space and almost every company is looking to hire a web expert. In this course, you will study a lot of mathematics and physics. You will be working with computer languages thus you should be ready to learn a few computer programming languages. When you graduate you can start your own web development company or seek employment in one of the many companies looking for computer experts.

Nursing: As a registered nurse you will be doing some of the duties carried out by a physician. This can be medical prescription and even diagnosis. Since you will be dealing with the human body, you should be ready to learn about the human anatomy. Also be ready to study about drugs and drug interactions. If you have looked at the job portals, you must have noticed that every year there are plenty of nurses required in the job market. You can work in one of the hospitals or even start your own clinic.

Biomedical Engineering: This course combines engineering sciences with biomedicine and clinical practice. In addition to the comfort of a high salary when you pursue this course, you also have more meaning to your work as you will be working in two areas-you will be working with machines and also humans. The most attractive thing is that the industry is on upward trend thus many biomedical engineers will be in demand in the future.

In school, you will be learning about the various biomedical equipment and how you can use them to make the lives of the patients easier.

Occupational therapy: As an occupational therapist you help ill, injured, and disabled people to access their workplace and easily face the various aspects of their lives. Your role will be evaluating the patients in their workplace and home, identify their health needs and any possible improvements.

Guide to choosing the best university

When you are looking to join a university, you need to consider plenty of factors. Some of these factors include:

Relevance: How relevant is the university to what you are studying? While most universities teach on a wide range of courses, there are some universities that are better known for a given area of study. For example, there are some that are known for business related courses, others for medicine courses and so on. To increase your chances of getting employed and get expert knowledge, go to a college that is known for a given discipline. For example, if interested in finance, attend a university that focuses on business related courses.

Fee: This is also crucial. As rule of thumb, you should join an institution that is within your budget. When making your choice you should note that private universities are more expensive than the public ones.

Conclusion

This is what you need to know when you are choosing a university degree and the school to attend. To have an easy time, choose a course that you love.

Benefits of Studying in Canada

Quality Education, Respected Qualifications

Canada has high academic standards and diligent quality controls in education. A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is globally recognized and is considered on par with the qualifications obtained from the United States or Commonwealth countries. The country is one of the top education performers in the world and is the top OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) country in education spending. The education system in Canada consists of both publicly-funded and private schools which include community colleges, technical institutes, universities, university colleges, career colleges, language schools, secondary schools and summer camps.

High-Class Language Education

Canada is a world leader in language training. It is a bilingual country which teaches French and English as a first and second language. These languages are an integral part of Canadian education. You will be able to improve your fluency and capacity for either language as you further your studies.

Large Employment Prospects

Canada and the United States both belong to the North American Free Trade Area. Both countries are pursuing the policy of immigration and the employment prospects of graduates are unlimited.

Affordable Education

The cost of living and tuition fees for international students in Canada are generally lower when compared to the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Canada is often the preferred choice for students attending college or university. The rates at the U.S. public universities were found to be almost 1/3 higher than fees for Bachelor’s degrees in Canada, while U.S. private university fees were more than double.

Canadian Multiculturalism

Canada adopted multiculturalism as an official policy in 1971. It is the first country in the world which has adopted multiculturalism as a policy. The Multiculturalism Policy of Canada also confirmed the rights of Aboriginal peoples and the status of Canada’s two official languages. Almost all the world’s ethnic groups are well represented in Canada.

Healthy and Safe Communities

Canada is one of the best places in the world to live. As an international student in Canada, you can enjoy all of the same freedoms which protect Canadians. The Canadian society respects human rights and equality, and it is stable and peaceful.

Exciting Campus Lifestyle

All Canadian campuses across the country feature the latest in technology with wireless hotspots, enabling online interactive learning experience for students. The campus facilities include Olympic-calibre sports facilities, concert halls,radio and newspapers. The Canadian universities and colleges typically feature the best mix of an academic and leisure lifestyle in an environment that facilitates immense opportunities to meet students from a varied international student pool.

Research Opportunities

Research is one of the key components of a Canadian post-secondary education. You will have enough opportunities to become a part of this dynamic aspect of education. In Canada, government and industry equally support research in sectors such as telecommunications, medicine, agriculture, computer technology, and environmental science.

Land of Possibilities

Canada is a land of immigrants and is a unique melting pot of cultures. Canadian culture is very vibrant- with plenty of movies, music, books, food, fun entertainments- to make your life interesting. As part of this highly dynamic and hands-on academic environment, you will acquire knowledge and skills in analysis and communication. You will learn how to express yourself, demonstrate your creativity and enhance your self-confidence It is a land of immense possibilities and opportunities.

Get Your College Education Free

In general, if a manufacturer produces a product for a dollar, by the time it reaches the retail shelf to be priced at ten dollars, there have been numerous customary markups in cost to account for all processes and services required to get the product there. Additionally, there is an accounting of what the retailer believes regarding the exclusivity of the product and the market demand for the product. As such, if the retailer believes that it can get ten dollars per product unit, then it will do its best to acquire the product as close to the one dollar production cost, to increase the margin (net profit after sale).

Like any other product, the employer wants to pay as little as possible for you and your services. The most capable and productive of you will contribute to, fully produce or sell far more value than you cost your employer annually.

While the aristocracy and some of the wealthy may look upon a college/university education as a globally-oriented, social finishing experience for the young adults in their families, the existing and developing bourgeois (middle class) should recognize college as the next step toward their personal success in the market. Broad, non-focused development of diverse cultural experiences, knowledge and related soft skills is of limited market value and cannot be justified in a ROI consideration. The implication is not that we should forego teaching liberal arts. However, much of higher education has drifted so far from marketable to the corporate world that it is almost criminal to suggest to a student that s/he should major in such subjects, much less pay for the “opportunity”.

The higher education industry claims that as a result of their education and training you will be paid by industry. But, as schools focus more on expanding their liberal arts, fine arts, entertainment (including sports) departments and to a lesser degree upon that which supports and drives markets, the more graduates finish college with lesser marketable knowledge and skills. Most colleges are not accountable for producing job-specific, job-accessing graduates from each student enrolled. Some have even reduced career to the equivalents of in-house, electronic job boards. Further compromising the process, industry, as the primary beneficiary of well-educated pools of candidates, are not paying for your training as it did at the onset of the American Industrial Revolution.

If colleges and universities wish to promote very broad course catalogs and higher education experiences, maybe they should be convincing all of industry that they are providing the training/education their prospective employees need. Maybe they should even be exacting payment from corporate America for education/training services rendered, cooperative placement, and to improve the industry-education system relationship relevancy.

But, until such happens, and until U.S. corporations start behaving in a more nationalistic manner, you as a student will need to focus on selling Brand You, finding and acquiring the free or substantially reduced cost, market valuable educations you need and deserve. There are numerous routes to free and very low net cost educations at numerous very good colleges and universities. Get your free, quality education. Your Success Matters!

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