This week we turn our attention to the first set of issues facing higher education today – social, demographic, and global issues. Embedded in these issues are issues of access to education – who manages to further their education and how do socioeconomic issues impact those decisions? What are the demographics of students in higher education institutions today and how can we plan accordingly based on that information? Finally, given that we live in an increasingly global society, how can we incorporate the positive elements of globalization while paying attention to the issues that emerge as a result? These are complex issues that need equally complex approaches. Groups of students will make presentations to the class about these issues, providing a foundation for discussion of means by which to plan for greater inclusion in the future.
Socioeconomic, demographic, and global concerns as they relate to higher education today are complex. Rather than focusing on cohort size, meaning the number of younger people likely to enter higher education, those who forecast enrollments have focused on trends, which generally represent not only cohort size but also economic conditions. What elements appear to be missing from these forecasts? How does inequality of access factor in? What can be done to address the changing demographic picture of higher education? Reply to the postings of at least two of your peers by Day 7. 300 words or more
This assignment is worth 3 points of the total course grade.
This assignment aligns with the following weekly outcomes: 1, 2.
This assignment aligns with the following course outcomes: 1, 2, 4.
1. Evaluate how critical issues are impacting today’s educational environment.
2. Analyze the forces that are shaping education currently
.3. Based on the research and analysis, conduct a force field analysis of the student’s educational setting.
4. Develop and present strategies to address the issues present in the educational setting.
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