I’m going to take a break from talking about motivation to briefly discuss Higher Education. There is a real problem with college today as 40% of students are not graduating, and 44% of those that do graduate are not getting a job or are becoming under-employed.
I have a simple suggestion to improve on these problems that wouldn’t cost a dime to implement. For all public universities, there should be an exact curve-grading implemented. Grading would be awarded as follows: 10% – A, 20% – B, 40% – C, 20% – D, and 10% – F. This grading should be in ALL subject areas not just the STEM majors.
With grading this difficult, employers would know better what they are getting in the way of skills. A students with a C average would still be very much employable as the majority of students would be awarded Cs. The university I attended, The University of Iowa, did grade this way for many general education courses. That was in the late 80’s and we used to complain about how difficult it was. (In order to get an A, you had to out-score 9 other people). But I never had a doubt that I gained important knowledge and skills, even in the courses that I got a C.
With grading this difficult, more students would opt to attain a two-year degree from a community college, which we desperately need. Community Colleges should offer more 2-year degrees that are in tune to the exact needs of their communities so students can walk right into those jobs. Additionally, English and Math should be contextually integrated into the practical curriculum and applied to their exact real-world needs, which learning theory suggests is more effective for learning.
To save money and get more students in post-secondary education, we should stop the process of transferring in community college courses into 4-year schools. Instead, students should be able to transfer a certain number of distance learning courses into 4-year schools. Community college courses should be just for those seeking a 2-year degree. However, it would very much be possible to attain a 4-year degree later — after students have worked for awhile. This should improve the drop-out rate.
Those are my thoughts.