At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries

At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries

A REPORT TO THE OCLC MEMBERSHIP

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“America is now an online nation, prepared and eager to adopt more and more virtual services that can improve lives, offer new convenience or bring economic value. These opportunities exist in education.  Articles and exposés talk about the soaring cost of postsecondary education, performance declines in elementary education, the need to retool the nation’s workers for next-generation jobs, and baby boomers’ desire to stay connected, engaged and involved post-retirement. All of these factors support the need for more, different and versatile forms of education. Likewise, this diverse set of community needs, already placing new demands on academic and public libraries, will only increase, while the budgets to support these needs will not.

How will shrinking budgets, mobile and Internet technology, and shifting consumer attitudes and needs spur on changes in education and library services?”

Great Expectations–Accenture 2014 College Graduate Employment Survey

The Accenture 2014 College Graduate Employment Survey

Accenture-2014-College-Graduates-Survey-smaller  “The research reveals that many companies are not providing the talent development and training programs expected by recent college graduates. The vast majority of students graduating from college in 2014 (80 percent) expect their first employers to provide them with a formal training program, however, 52 percent of students who graduated from college in the past two years say they did not receive training in their first job. The research also found that nearly half (46 percent) of those who graduated in 2012 and 2013 consider themselves underemployed and working in jobs that do not require their college degrees, up from 41 percent of recent graduates participating in last year’s survey.

The research identifies several strategies for how employers can improve how they hire and develop entry-level talent coming out of college, something that is essential to maximizing the overall “talent supply chain”.

“The survey polled more than 2,000 students and compares the perceptions of the class of 2014 who are preparing to enter the job market, with the experiences of recent grads already in the working world. A similar study was conducted in 2013.”

TIME Summit on Higher Education

Rethink College: 3 Takeaways from the TIME Summit on Higher Education | TIME.com.

 

For a room full of academics talking about the future of higher education, the conversation was surprisingly blunt. Yesterday TIME gathered more than 100 college presidents and other experts from across the U.S. to talk about the biggest problems facing higher education, which U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan summed up for the room as “high prices, low completion rates, and too little accountability.”

John Chubb and Terry Moe: Higher Education’s Online Revolution – WSJ.com

Higher Education’s Online Revolution 

John E. Chubb And Terry M. Moe, Wall Street ournal Online, May 30, 2012

“At the recent news conference announcing edX, a $60 million Harvard-MIT partnership in online education, university leaders spoke of reaching millions of new students in India, China and around the globe. They talked of the “revolutionary” potential of online learning, hailing it as the “single biggest change in education since the printing press.”

Heady talk indeed, but they are right. The nation, and the world, are in the early stages of a historic transformation in how students learn, teachers teach, and schools and school systems are organized.”