Isn’t it amazing that institutions of higher education know less about real life than almost any industry or service sector?

Economic realities say more education equals more income. Real world realities say the children of educated parent(s) perform better in life than others. Emotional realities say we want to do everything we can to improve our lives and the lives of our children. There was no survey or deep statistical deep dive necessary to know and see reality. Go to college – community, university or certificate program – and learn more to earn more. It’s amazing sometimes how high above the people those ivory towers climb.

The key issue is not “who” but “how” – are schools prepared to support these single moms? Are there enough grants and scholarships? Are outcomes the baseline of success or are grades the holy grail of performance? Is there daycare or nursery services. And what about time allocation? Can I blend my studies with online support or do I need to leave work early to get to the classroom? And, on that topic, is online available for me – and right for me?

These are the discoveries that higher education needs to make, publish and address. Telling us what they already know doesn’t help anyone.

Isn’t it amazing that institutions of higher education know less about real life than almost any industry or service sector?

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