Feature: Equity includes preparing students to engage the world beyond Higher Ed
Much debate on campuses has been about how much if any college degrees should prepare graduates for the world of work. Any career-oriented emphasis is often seen as vocational education and not higher education. Today, the value of the degrees we confer weigh heavy on students' life opportunities, which of late has resulted in high levels of public distrust and suspicion about its value.
In this Chronicle of Higher Education article by Jeff Selingo, we learn that our assumptions that a degree equates career is not the case for our students, who experience underemployment even a decade out from graduation. Knowing about the job markets and how our degrees prepare students, including career-ready skills, to engage them successfully, in the long run, is vitally important to whether our programs pass the equity test for all students.