Is higher education failing to evolve into the 21st century?

Many universities and their faculties are lagging behind and yet charging even more money for out-of-date courses and curriculum that has not been changed in years, if not decades,” writes James Carlini of International Policy Digest.News sources from Australia to America are publishing grim reports that higher education is stuck in the 20th century, failing to prepare graduates for the rapidly-changing, largely tech-driven workforce.The World Economic Forum (WEF) asserts that higher education is a “systemic failure” which doesn’t equip graduates with the skills needed to solve 21st century problems.An ABC News Australia headline declares that “higher education is failing our youth, leaving them overqualified and underemployed.”Forbes agrees in a similarly titled article, citing an IBM survey which found that just 49 percent of academics and industry leaders believe higher education meets students’ needs. Meanwhile, 41 percent of participants felt higher education also fails to meet industry needs:“There seems to be a growing consensus that a college degree does not provide graduates with the grounding they need to move seamlessly into the workforce.”

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