While student debt is inevitable for most, there are ways to reduce it, both from the student perspective, and from the perspective of the higher education industry. We must do better to support our college students.
There are plenty of teachers at every level, from K-12 to professors in PhD programs, who integrate interactive strategies to their course structure. This helps to diversify the material and addresses many different learning styles. Studies have shown that breaking up lecture with varying activities can increase student grades and outcomes significantly. But it’s not enough to make sure every student is supported.
Many schools have faced closure and consolidation around the country, and the trend is expected to continue. Consolidation has impacted institutions that have remained open by adding degrees and certificates in tech fields such as artificial intelligence and cyber-security, while dropping low-enrollment programs especially in liberal arts schools. Schools are also looking online to target more students with specific subject matter.
Lecturing has proven effective for thousands of people, but it leaves many students behind by not addressing differences in learning styles. Studies have shown that traditional lecturing increases failure rates by 55% when compared to active learning strategies.