Universities must leave their ivory towers

Suite au carnet  Canadian firms are not prepared (Deloitte) la firme de Deloitte remarque que nos universités ont de la difficulté de s’adapter à la réalité économique actuel.

Évidemment, sécurité, ancienneté et permanence réduisent drastiquement leur sens du changement, nos professeurs grassement payés (surtout les seniors) non rien à foutre si leurs cours ne représente plus la réalité.

Alors, on donne des cours pour donner des cours, fantastique, mais est-ce que les cours que l’on donne sont appropriés pour que nos jeunes soient en position de force pour affronter notre monde mondialisé.

Les observateurs indépendants en doutes forts.

Extrait du rapport de Deloitte

Enhance education and training
Governments must use their influence to evolve education at all levels. Access to well-educated, high-quality employees is fundamental to a firm’s success in today’s economy – and a major factor in its ability to withstand disruption.
Governments must use their funding and regulatory levers to encourage a shift in how Canada’s students are educated at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels.
They must also embrace new education practices, models and partnerships that seek to evolve the way we educate our students into the future.

K-12 education must be overhauled.
Canada needs a renewed focus on not only key standards, but on developing world-class students who can learn, relearn and adapt as a matter of course. Most importantly, curricula must be reimagined and updated to focus on critical thinking and practical applications of learning. Students must have a broad education that exposes them to a great diversity of subjects, and provide a hands-on foundation in innovation and emerging technologies that can set the next generation of leaders on a path to success. Developing students with diverse backgrounds who are able to think laterally is crucial for the future economy.

Universities and colleges must be remade into nimble, cross curricular institutions that are truly built for the 21st century.
Post-secondary education is already experiencing disruption, but we believe the pace of this disruption will speed up substantially. In some subjects, particularly science and engineering, updating course curricula annually or even semi-annually still means students graduate with out-of date knowledge. While colleges are increasingly focused on shorter-term, highly practical learning, universities still generally adhere to traditional four-year bachelor degree programs that may not provide opportunities for practical experience. For the future success of the Canadian economy, post-secondary education must have direct links to the world outside the ivory tower

Evolve the format of institutions Post-secondary institutions must be redesigned into vibrant, diverse learning zones.
Canada’s post-secondary education system was built at a time when only a small proportion of people attended university. At that time, highly specialized learning, housed in silos and based on static curricula, proved a successful format for producing successful students. However, the past 50 years have seen unparalleled change, and our education system must adapt. While learning and teaching at some institutions has evolved, the entire sector must embrace a highly creative, practical form of education that is deeply connected to the world outside the institutions’ walls.

Extrait: Education Should Prepare Students For Work, Life, By Larry Alvarado, The Evollution | Owner, Your Success In School

Higher education institutions need to make their programming more relevant to the needs of the job market. Otherwise students wind up under- and incorrectly prepared to enter the workforce. Photo by Mike Johnson.

Students put lots of money and time to get a college degree today and they should know what they can get from it at any particular institution. Just as we can now buy stuff from anyone anywhere in the world, because of the online offerings, we should have more clear choice and know what we can do with what we get from colleges.
There are debates about whether college is worth the time and cost, whether a degree is relevant anymore, and stories of college graduates who don’t have good jobs. So much information in many fields is passé after 4+ years of college so we have to learn even more—learn how to learn. It takes most students more than 4 years to finish so it’s costly and students miss opportunities if they got a degree sooner and the money that comes with a good job.

What would I want changed? I want more businesses involved in deciding what needs to be taught and what they need from college graduates, even if they fund some of the training or course offerings. Right now it’s up to those tenured professors, some of whom have friends in the real world outside the ivory towers but most don’t know how to make a living outside of a university. Things in the business world are changing so rapidly that colleges and universities aren’t keeping up with the technology, the demands and the knowledge base need. It’s important to know the 3Rs of course—if you can’t read well or write well or do decent math, you are handicapped in careers (that’s part of the problem with K-12 education—drop outs, unprepared graduates, those needing remedial help in higher education). For community colleges, more prep and training for those who want careers that don’t require a four-year college degree.

We need professors, but perhaps different kind of professors—not so lofty though still theoretical and idea driven and research based—but more practical ones to educate students for what’s going on now. Smart students can overcome teacher, professor, instructor limitations in any grade. It’s the average students who need more help—the world is run by C students, the daily workers. Right now many colleges focus on great facilities, sports teams, good living quarters—but people need careers when they finish.

Just a few thoughts—lots of other things need to change too; technology, ways to prove students pass courses or are qualified, ways to learn, using top professors on taped lectures to be viewed on demand as a whole or in 5-10 minute segments, ebooks and materials that don’t cost an arm and a leg, internships and experiences, etc.

Donner des cours en ligne, ne pas être obligé d’être physiquement présent, mais encore toute la structure universitaire avec des conventions collectives mur à mur empêche une sérieuse évolution dans ce sens.

Society and business needs are changing at record speeds there must be some better preparation for students so they can function well when they start to work