Higher education has a lot of problems right now. It’s also never had more opportunities. The biggest and boldest among them is the opportunity to expand higher education’s mission from being an exclusive and specialized bastion for degree conferrals to a widely inclusive and holistic educational community. What would happen if ‘college’ meant serving entire families and communities instead of individual students? What if the unit of analysis and the focus of service shifted from degree-seeking students to including their families and communities in various ways? What if you could have both exclusivity and inclusiveness in the same strategy by broadening our definitions of ‘education’ and ‘students?’ This is the kind of provocative thinking higher education desperately needs at this point in time.
A college degree is the ticket to social mobility. That’s the narrative we have