A Profile of This Year’s Freshmen – Oh The Questions This Begs

A Profile of This Year’s Freshmen – Students – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

So the graphic is interesting and I Love this kind of stuff–especially the stuff about majors and plans for advanced study. I wonder how many of those students who reported a business, S.T.E.M., and Pre-Health majors this year will be undeclared students at some point prior to completion of undergraduate studies. Given the anxiety about the economy should I be surprised by the percentage of students who are almost obsessively concerned with the job their degree is going to lead to is seeming to grow every year? I wonder if we’ll ever be able to help students appreciate academia as a place to get a well rounded education to broaden their possible fields of employment rather than treating college as job-training and pigeon-holing themselves into life at the whim of the job market.


About Art

I've been a higher education professional for over 15 years and an Academic Advising administrator for the past eight of those. I have a background in exploratory student advising and have spent a great deal of time guiding students through contemplating their personal college-to-career pathways. I've published, presented, and consulted on the intersection of social media and academia and am a firm believer in social media's power as a tool for engagement rather than solely information delivery. I've worked at public and private institutions as well as 2-year colleges and 4-year universities. I believe in Academic Advising as a teaching and learning activity, that learner-centered education is the key to students' academic success, and that as long as we keep students' individual goals and success at the center of our decision-making process, the problem of college-level student attrition can be solved.
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