- Being in a live classroom filled with bright learners from a variety of backgrounds is an incomparable setting to learn and grow.
- Developing leadership skills in clubs and student organizations gets you ready for a career.
- Speaking and thinking skills are developed in classroom exchanges, framing thoughtful questions to professors, and having to defend one’s position in a debate.
- Living away from home, family, and community—perhaps for the first time—fosters maturity, independence, and readiness to go it alone.
- Writing extended papers that develop sophisticated ideas, flesh them out and persuade others, prepares students to lead the world of work.
- Tolerance and sense of self grow as one lives in a community composed of students and professors from a broad range of backgrounds.
- Sports! Playing a team or club sport in college may be a student’s last opportunity to be part of an athletic team, a place where sharing, working together, and winning and losing with grace are learned.
- Handling pressure is learned in universities and colleges. Students must juggle a range of deadlines and expectation in up to five demanding classes at a time.
- Career readiness is enhanced with staff on campuses providing advice on everything from preparing a resume, landing an internship, to interviewing with poise and scoring that first post-college job.
- For the rest of your life, you carry with you your biggest credential: where you went to college, what you achieved there, and whom you met there.
Sarah C. Reese, Informed Educational Solutions firstname.lastname@example.org
- Coursera forced to call off a MOOC amid complaints about the course (insidehighered.com)
- Georgia Tech and Coursera Try to Recover From MOOC Stumble (chronicle.com)
- Mooc Mania (myiesolutions.wordpress.com)