Given the extraordinary regulatory and political challenges facing career education, what improvements/innovations does the sector need to implement to remain a leader in higher education?
Without a focus on career and higher education improvements and innovation, the entire industry becomes stagnant. Just as stagnation in pond water can’t sustain life; stagnation in higher education can’t sustain intellectual growth. Using advancements in technology such as online education systems acts as a countermeasure against this stagnation. Accredited online courses, degree programs and training certificates have become the bridge joining innovations and education improvements.
Today, because of the advances in online education systems, higher education is no longer limited by physical location or time. Now, a student can take a class or earn a degree almost anywhere in the world. Online education’s flexibility is breathing fresh air into the industry and reducing the effects of extraordinary regulatory and political challenges. All higher education institutions, including career colleges, need to continue to implement innovative and online technologies to make education more accessible to a wider variety of students.
Higher Education Aeration Technology (HEAT) is what I call these improvements in education powered by innovation. I define HEAT as the natural countermeasure to the restrictive and damaging effects of the extraordinary regulatory and political challenges. HEAT drives career education into an evolutionary practice that seeks out education delivery improvements. These improvements should be designed energetically to provide a higher quality education to reach more people. HEAT is the infinite online education process reducing education boundaries, resulting in smart education for all.
Please explain the innovations you’ve brought to (or observed in) career education. What led you to recognize the need for these innovations? What has been their impact on students and higher education?
Clearly, the online education process is the innovation that has taken higher education by storm. This innovation revitalized higher education delivery practices and provided opportunities to people who previously couldn’t contemplate such an academic journey. My experience with this is firsthand, both as a person who has earned a quality education online and as a witness to how our military community has embraced the process.
Our military service members now can attend college, regardless of where their military duties take them. During times of military conflict, the online education phenomenon has become a healthy distraction for our service people deployed overseas – a distraction permitting our nation’s heroes to reflect on a healthy reality, removed from getting wounded or worse. The online education process is a confidence builder, encouraging a service member to come home with more than they had when they left. Education is power that once earned, cannot be taken away.
What quality about career colleges or their students motivates you personally?
My experience is from a military community perspective. What motivates me, personally, is the relentless quest for education, which is similar to carrying out a military mission. Education today, beginning with K-12 and continuing through graduate school, must prepare a student for and result in a well-paying job. There is much work to be done. What is needed is an overhaul, beginning in K-12 first. The overhaul must be focused on building an education system that stimulates a student to become a productive member of society.
The primary goal should be an education focused on the future jobholder’s contributions to society. The goal must be formulated, standardized and measured against and then adjusted as needed. In my opinion, career colleges are the academic institutions best suited to support this change.