Some badly needed reforms in higher education

BY THOMAS D. SHARTS

Higher education opportunities are growing all the time in the Western world; however, some requisite reforms are badly needed to ensure the value of the degrees earned.

For starters, there is a trend in higher education institutions to place marketing above academic rigor, and that often times equates to building and offering online degree programs. Unfortunately, the students who graduate with online degrees are unlikely to be perceived as competitive in comparison to job applicants with a degree earned in a traditional classroom setting. The problem that online programs face is that they cannot . . .

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