Rethinking Higher Education: Stepping outside of the Ivory Tower

Higher education is under siege, with many media outlets speaking about the sorry and broken state of the current education system.

In Canada, student protests against the increase in Quebec tuition fees echo the nation’s general call for lower tuition fees in post-secondary education. Although students in Quebec will still be paying less for their education compared to other provinces in Canada, the protest is about “more than tuition”: it is about the increasing uncertainty over the assumption that more education would lead to a more promising future.

This sentiment is not exclusive to Canada; in the U.S., PhD graduates reported surviving on food stamps as they were unable to secure employment in academia. The bottom line is this: universities’ resources are running dry, and there is little to no future for those aspiring to a career in academia, at least not tenure-track positions.

Full article at Urban Times.