The top story in the email I received from Linkedin this morning was, Why the College Campus Experience Still Matters.
The issue is, with the growth of online Universities, will college campuses still matter? The author of the article apparently has a book coming on the issue.
If colleges went out and spent millions of dollars attracting students with fancy rec. centers, and drum circle clubs, I’m sure they’ll find a way to ratchet the appeal up even more to keep the grant and tuition money flowing in smoothly.
The author uses the example of Michael Bloombergs personal growth on his college campus as why they still matter. He then goes on to list four reasons for that.
- A maturing experience – 18 year olds aren’t ready for the world
- Access to mentors – Professors impact peoples lives
- Experiential learning – Learning and then applying in the real world
- Networking - Meeting people
Interesting, I’m pretty sure you can do all those things in the working world. There’s no reason why someone who is apprenticing with an electrician can’t have all those experiences. The only difference is that the apprentice is making money while the student is spending it.
I have a degree, and I’m going with Captain Capitalism on this one. Worthless. If I could do it again I don’t know how I’d do it, but I surely would skip college and jump right into the world. What a waste of 5.5 years that was. Whatever maturity I gained through the college experience wasn’t as much as I gained through my own experiences.