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Has the university lost it's purpose for preparing its students for the future?

It is still unbelievable to recognize that most top universities aim to accept top grade earners from high school, with the intention of kicking them out after the first or second year at the university by making the structure of the curriculum unnecessarily hard.

This realization comes from few first year students, who were top grade earners from high school and now were kicked out of the university for not meeting the standards, which of course is the GPA faculty requirements. I wonder how these " I need to at least pass, get an A, just get a B" attitude intend to prepare these students for the future.

Is this now how universities are deciding to change the meaning of earning a university education, and in turn killing creativity of the intellectual minds of students?

Again, it is not that these first year students did not make the efforts to keep up with their grades, but if the focus in the minds of these students has been or is still "I need to at least pass, get an A, just get a B", how does this motive help a lot of students (future leaders/ world-contributors) affect the world when universities encourage these students to "shoe-box" their ideas by nurturing the mentality of " You need a certain grade to get into a certain program".

This is to propose that these universities intend to keep their "name" (reputation) and still make more money off students, especially International students, whose parents are still struggling to give them the best and put a little trust into these top universities to guide them.

This of course has indefinitely caused high suicidal rates. Even if the university is a money making industry, shouldn't these universities think to start re-evaluating this perspective they are choosing, in working with their students, especially first year university students? somehow,many "could have been" Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, and Martin Luther(s) have been lost in the process of achieving a university education.

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    May 19 2011: Even in its purest form universites never claimed that what they were trying to do was prepare people for the workplace. They think that they are helping people learn how to think critically, understand the world and advance knowledge.
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    May 19 2011: I recommend "Crisis on Campus: A Bold Plan for Reforming Our Colleges and Universities" by Mark C. Taylor.
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    May 9 2011: What makes you think that was ever their purpose? Mission statements are and have always been primarily window dressing. The visible purpose of Universities is make money for the institution by collecting dues as often as possible, increase it's endowment, donations, influence and prestige and secondarily to limit competition for those graduates who have paid their dues and have bought in to the old school network. Any benefit to society is an accident or aberration. As to the future it is not a prophet it is a corporation and has no more idea of the future than you did when you enrolled and signed up only to be disillusioned. That is the only guaranteed part of the curriculum. Even that 30% who adapt to the system and graduate all to seldom use their diploma to create a successful career outside academia.
  • Apr 26 2011: Mary I think it is too easy to blame Universities. Like any other service provider, Universities offer a degree and if students see it as valuable, then they will pay for it. I agree that universities kill creativity of students, but no more than primary and high schools do. Students have a responsibility to pursue their own creative interests outside formal education. Great young leaders do not sit there and complain that their education limited their ambition and encouraged them to merely pass. It's too easy to blame the 'money earning' universities and ignore the 18 year olds who prefer to play video games and live at home until their 35.

    Linking it to high suicide rates is a bit extreme. Universities could do with a change towards encouraging creativity, but if students are demanding an easy degree: why bother?
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      May 16 2011: I agree with Sean. Mary it seems like there is some generalizing going on here. Many universities hinder creativity, many universities are okay with average students and many universities are just there to earn profit. But there are just as many that stay true to their values as an educational institution.

      That being said, there is a problem with advanced education. Thousands of new seats have opened up in colleges to deal with the incredible amount of college students that need a place to go. In my opinion, college is wrong for many students. Many other countries favor dedicated apprenticeships over generic college degrees. This is benificial because it teaches through experience, and prevents 'partying' in college (which brings down grades and taints an educational environment). It is truly unfortunate that so many kids are getting mediocre degrees instead of a true education, but this happens because we prefer the university over more avant-garde methods of education.