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Why higher education in the United States has lost its way and how universities and colleges can focus sharply on their core mission.
About this event:
For The Real World of College, Wendy Fischman and Howard Gardner analyzed in-depth interviews with more than 2,000 students, alumni, faculty, administrators, parents, trustees, and others. Their findings challenge characterizations in the media, discovering that instead of being preoccupied by political correctness, free speech, or even the cost of college, students are instead most concerned about their GPA and their resumes, and see jobs and earning potential as more important than learning. In Real World of College, Fischman and Gardner argue that higher education in the United States has lost sight of its principal reason for existing: to increase what they call “higher education capital”, to help students broadly and well, express themselves clearly, explore new areas, and be open to possible transformations. Fischman and Gardner offer cogent recommendations for how every college can become a community of learners who are open to change as thinkers, citizens, and human beings.
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About the authors:
Wendy Fischman is a Project Director at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and lead author of Making Good: How Young People Cope with Moral Dilemmas at Work.
Howard Gardner is John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Research Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the author of A Synthesizing Mind: A Memoir from the Creator of Multiple Intelligences Theory (MIT Press) and many other books.
About the moderator:
Deb Roy is Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT where he directs the MIT Center for Constructive Communication. He is also a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School.
The authors@mit series is co-sponsored by MIT Press, the MIT Press Bookstore, and the MIT Libraries. You can learn more about The Real World of College: What Higher Education Is and What It Can Be here.