In Search of Degrees that Align Student, Employer and Educator Needs
At Antioch University Midwest, technical, leadership and problem solving skills are equally emphasized
In the world of higher education, many factors contribute to the quality and reputation of an institution. Graduation rates, student performance, and employment statistics are among the many benchmarks that measure success. But how does that map to what students and employers need to evolve as leaders and learners?
Data shows that employers seek to hire people with real-world experience who can relate to social and ethical situations, and who can think and communicate critically. And of course, employees must have the technical skills to enable them to perform their jobs – whether they are teachers, managers, data analysts or healthcare administrators.
To achieve this blend of skills, modern education –especially for adults who are completing a degree or continuing their education – requires a blend of experience-based learning and the inspiration to use their knowledge for social and environmental justice, and personal growth. Antioch University Midwest, based in Yellow Springs, is an example of an institution that has perfected this fine balance. Every course in every program has an integrated leadership component. Curriculums are presented in context, but not necessarily in a classroom. Internships, hybrid courses, and academic credit for life experience are all facets that help students advance their careers while making a difference in their communities.
Above all, academic institutions must be responsive to regional and industry trends… AUM faculty all participate in professional endeavors outside academia to maintain the connection to “real-life,” while administrators ensure programs remain relevant to both employers and future employees.
To learn more about AUM’s unique philosophy for career and leadership development, visit antiochmidwest.edu or contact Arlyn Love at (937)769-1818 or e-mail email@example.com