Transform.Ed Briefing #47
Inside the Briefing: A deeper look at Higher Education for Transformative Education
The vitality of higher education institutions is intricately tied to their ability to attract a diverse student body and retain learners throughout their academic journeys. This core objective necessitates a proactive approach to confronting institutional crises that manifest as socioeconomic disparities, emergencies, exorbitant tuition fees, exclusive entrance examinations, and geographical barriers. By systematically addressing these challenges, educational institutions can create an environment more conducive to learning, promoting inclusivity and breaking down barriers that impede enrollment and hinder student persistence.
According to data from the UK SLC, University dropout rates have increased by 28%, with the research citing financial distress as one of the key reasons. A similar study by UNESCO IESALC Towards Universal Access to Higher Education report (2019) examined higher education enrollment from 2000 to 2018 and put forth crucial recommendations for addressing challenges related to higher education. The report emphasizes continuous funding support for students and vulnerable groups. Additionally, it stresses the need for extra support to students classified as “at-risk” individuals in terms of academic needs and socioeconomic needs to enable them to access higher education and increase retention. This then prompts educators to reflect on potential shortcomings in addressing the challenges highlighted. Are current educational approaches adequately addressing the disparity between enrollment and graduation rates, especially in the context of increasing dropout?
In the ever-changing landscape of higher education, educators play a crucial role in addressing challenges such as socioeconomic disparities, emergencies, high tuition fees, exclusive exams, and geographical barriers. But the question is? How can educators proactively contribute to strategically resolving these issues, fostering inclusivity, and eliminating barriers to enrollment and student persistence?
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