Higher Ed Providers Need To Move Past SilosEvoLLLution NewsWire
First, Leavy points out the skills that employers generally want to see in their new recruits: critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, international understanding, innovation and curiosity.
She says higher education institutions are failing to provide graduates with these skills because of the siloed nature of disciplines within a university or college. According to Leavy, this outdated system keeps professors and fields housed independently from one-another and over-specializes students into a particular discipline with a particular way of thinking.
If interdisciplinary studies are embraced, though, she says higher ed providers will gain the capacity to instill much-valued skills in their students by exposing them to a richer and more open learning experience.
This is especially important, she adds, because of the unprecedented high costs of higher education for students. If higher education really is going to be “the way out” for individuals, she concludes, higher education institutions need to cultivate skills with real-world value.