When students don’t need a diploma, they don’t want a degree, says new book
Students don’t necessarily want to be college graduates, and that’s what some of them don’t have, a new book suggests.
A growing number of colleges and universities have taken a new approach to enrolling students and keeping them enrolled, and they’re creating an alternative to degrees and certificates.
But the idea of a “college degree” is not something students want, said Laura Turchyn, the author of “A Different Way: A Student’s Guide to College” and co-author of “College: The Modern-Day Journey of a Young Person Who Doesn’t Want a College Degree.”
Instead, students want to learn more about themselves and be exposed to new experiences.
That means more hands-on learning, said Turchy, who also teaches at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Turchy also said students want an education that involves the application of knowledge and understanding, not just memorization.
She said students also want to develop skills to help them find employment and succeed.
“College is about taking an education and applying it to a life that is much more complex than just the simple study of one topic,” Turchys book says.
“It is about getting a better understanding of the world, a better appreciation of life, a deeper understanding of how we interact with others.”
The author of the book is a professor of education at the Wharton school and has studied the impact of college and vocational training on college graduates and their families for the past 25 years.
She’s also the author and coauthor of the forthcoming book “A Higher Way: What the Future of Higher Education Looks Like” that explores the future of higher education.
The book, due out in April, will detail a range of issues and topics, including a series of interviews with academics and industry experts, including the head of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, Michael H. Peltz.
The subject matter of the interview will be informed by Turchie’s research into the history and sociology of college, which has shown that more than 90 percent of students and their parents go to college.
She also is the author, along with her co-authors, of “Higher Education and the Economy: The Role of Higher Ed in the Economic Recovery,” which examines the impact that higher education has on employment and wages.
“A higher education is a great opportunity,” Tursyn said in an interview.
“But it’s not a guaranteed thing.
If you go to an Ivy League university, you get an education you can’t get anywhere else.
But a lot of students do not go to the best colleges.
If we can get more young people to go to colleges that have the right kind of experience, they can make the most of it.”
Turchyn said that she is hopeful the book will inspire more college students to pursue careers outside the classroom.
“I want people to get out there and be part of their communities,” she said.
“I want them to know that there are options.”
Tursyn is working on a second book about the rise of the social media generation, called “Social Media Generation: What Everyone Needs to Know” and is currently working on an additional book on the rise in student debt.
“The way colleges and high schools are planning their courses, they’re thinking about a generation that will have been educated in an earlier generation,” she added.
“They’re thinking, Well, if I want to go back to a world where college was a permanent credential, I better be smart.”
The authors said the book isn’t intended to offer a definitive answer on what college is for.
But they said it does offer a glimpse into the future and offers a window into the lives of students.
“It’s not for everybody,” Turies said.
“But I think that there is a sense of a new generation, of a younger generation that is more interested in going to college and becoming a part of the fabric of society,” she continued.
“They are taking it on in a much more creative and exciting way than people have been in a long time.”