Post-school Educational Provision (for academic staff)

The object of this proposed research is to try to discover, during these current times of global instability relating to economic, social, and commercial factors, what are the main effects on students in terms of how they approach the issue of entering post-school educational provision.

It is also proposed from both students and teaching staff, to discover what changes in the structure of the academic year, methods of delivery, and modes of study, new curriculum areas and sources of finance may be appropriate in meeting these concerns for both students and educational establishments.

This proposal has arisen from direct experience in discussion of such factors as:

1 Exiting pressure to enter study immediately after leaving school.

2 Difficulty with the traditional model of classroom education and so reluctance to continue with this mode.

3 Difficulty in choosing, and attractiveness of range of programmes available.

4 Financial barriers.

5 Concerns for the future in terms of the environment and economy.

6 Possible dis-satisfaction with established societal expectations.

7 Financial pressures on colleges and universities and a resulting pressure to reduce costs and increase income.

What do you believe are the main concerns for prospective students, and what may prevent them from entering higher education?
What could be done to reduce the costs of higher education to students?
Do you consider that it is possible or desirable to move away from the traditional academic year structure and course duration?
What are the new courses and subject areas that should be developed?
Which courses, in your opinion, may be becoming obsolete or need significant change?
Which courses are becoming less attractive to students and why?
Which courses may be increasing in popularity?
How often do you review course provision?
How can colleges and universities effectively work together with employers, so that the curriculum is relevant to industry and commerce?
Should every course include an element of work experience? How long should this be?
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