September 15, 2014 in Alive Campus
The 21st century has been dubbed the “digital age” because of the monumental achievements in the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) fields. ICT has led to technological inventions and innovations that are actively shaping not only the daily lives of people, but also their perceptions on the value of education in modern societies. Attaining post-secondary education has been a prerequisite to equipping the young adults with skills worth helping them to be both responsible citizens and productive laborers in the globally industrializing economies. This article will seek to discuss some of the latest trends in post-secondary education.
With increasing demand of education among the rapidly increasing population of young people, enrollment of students to post-secondary learning institutions has soared over the last decades. Although learning institutions have tried to ease the congestion in these institutions by having both part-time and full-time students, the number of full-time students is constantly growing. In addition, enrollment among traditional students, those below 25 years old, has been increasing since 1998. Nevertheless, the growth in enrollment differs with respect to the type of institution, and it is highest at less selective institutions like community colleges, private-non research, and Proprietary institutions.
The mode of disseminating education is rapidly evolving too. Post-secondary institutions of learning have adopted the use of e-learning (distance learning through the internet) in order to optimize course enrollments and attract more new students by giving instructions via e-learning applications. Students from all over the world can seek admission into post-secondary institutions of their choices, and pursue their respective courses online. This has greatly helped the older students who tend to prefer pursuing both their careers and education simultaneously.
In conclusion, some of the latest trends in post-secondary education include e-learning and increased enrollment in majority of the post-secondary institutions, yet essay writing still plays major role during the “freshman” years. The need to find the right skills for the radically globalizing labor market has potentiated an increase in the number of student, both older and traditional students, seeking higher education.