With the economy headed for a recession and world markets investing heavily in US concerns, it is not surprising that college student are job-focused when it comes to their education, as the article Freshmen’s Concerns About Quality, Cost at 35-Year High discusses. Students can both get a great education and prepare for success in the world of work at the same time. Indeed, they need to make doing both a priority. Schools like University of Phoenix, specializing in professionals teaching students, adult and teen aged, have created higher stakes for traditional colleges who need to answer these questions for incoming freshmen:
How many of your incoming freshmen go on to graduate?
How many students get summer internships?
Do you have an internship office which helps to place students?
How many graduates last year went on to gainful employment? (not a minimum wage job)
How many of your graduates when on to grad school?
These are accountability questions that colleges need to answer, but more importantly, students need to ask.