Why Aren’t Colleges & Universities Adequately Preparing Its Students for the Real World?

If I am taking a journalism course, I should expect colleges to expose students to a curriculum that involves the usage of CMS (content management system), like WordPress, where students can already know how to navigate the application  before stepping foot into the real world.

If I am a psychology major, I should expect the curriculum to involve learning how to create and implement effective behavioral plans for children with autism in the event that one chooses to become a behavioral psychologist.

Really — what I’m trying to say is that when students graduate from college, they should be able to put something other than “proficient in Microsoft Suite” on their resumes.

If I am spending thousands each year on a college education, I think — in return — universities should work on developing a more current, updated curriculum that is au courant with the students’ chosen field.

Journalism students should be learning HTML coding, how to analyze trends on media websites, and how to use Twitter and Facebook to engage with news audiences. Instead, at least in my experience, I was simply taught the basics — how to write a news lead, the inverted pyramid, and slapped with an AP Style book to learn the ins and outs of the journalism writing style. This is all great and dandy to form the foundation of my education, but what about the skills that I should be learning that would make me more attractive as a candidate when I get out of college?

What about teaching psychology students to be experts at administering tests such as the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III?

Some naysayers would say, “Well, it’s the student that should go out looking for internships to pick up on these skills — college is where you learn the basics.”

False.

College is where psychologists-to-be should be learning the basics AND administering tests in their field. Universities should be a place where journalists should be prepared to take on the fast-moving, digitalized world of news. Internships should be an opportunity where the students can use what they’ve learned and apply them at a real-world setting under the supervision of a mentor.

Internships should NOT be the first place were student sees a CMS application. Internships should NOT be the first place where a student learns how to take psychometric tests. It should be the place where the student first learns how to manage these tools in a real world setting.

If I remember correctly, my “lessons” in college were riddled with Powerpoint Presentations by professors that seemed as if they taught themselves the lesson an hour before class — and end up struggling to regurgitate what they’ve binge-learned in an awful two-hour long class.

It’s painfully obvious what’s going on here — colleges and universities are unwilling to invest in updating the curriculum and they’re averse to hiring knowledgeable, scholarly professors who have been actively learning in their field for years.

It saves them money. I mean, it’s not like they’re not already making a killing off of our backs to begin with….(sarcasm).

If you want to take a ridiculously exorbitant amount of my money and leave me in a debt hole of thousands — fine. But the least you could do is provide an up-to-date education and hire teachers that are well-versed in their field — not fumbling recent grads that taught themselves today’s lesson last night.

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