- Do you agree with Boethius about the place of the liberal arts in a civilized education? 191 Does Higher Ed, generally (if we judge by current trends)? What do you think of the present emphasis on "student success" defined in terms of the rate and rapidity of graduation?
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Chapter 12- School Daze
The concept of student success in America is an interesting concept. It amazes me and possibly others that now we focus on the graduation rates of students. Where did this concerted emphasis come from? Why all the emphasis on graduation & retention rates now? The simple answer lies in the hands of state legislatures around the country.
In 2010, the Tennessee State Legislature passed the Complete College Act. This act moved the state funding formula from admission and enrollment statistics to graduation and retention rates. The emphasis on educational outcomes forced MTSU and other state colleges & universities to recommit themselves to the idea of student success (MTSU). Thus, state colleges & universities in Tennessee find themselves engaged in an uphill battle to greater shape and educate the minds of 17 to 22-year-old college students.
I am of the belief that this renewed interest in student success from some colleges is not a genuine interest in human success. The true success of college is about establishing a foundation for critical thinking and open, honest conversation. This new emphasis strips students of their youthful “free will” (Herman 191). Coincidently, more states are providing state-based scholarships to help make college affordable, but the rising costs of higher education further contribute to the impediment of student success.
I am all for student success, but not at the cost of the success of the student.