Is it time to disrupt higher education?
Author Jeff Selingo, a LinkedIn Influencer and author of College (Un)Bound thinks so.
I happen to agree!
According to a group of forward thinking design students at Stanford University, future students will be designing their degree programs around the concept of “purpose learning”. The students developed a manifesto for their mission-based learning concept along with a promotional video for Stanford 2025 that demonstrates how students in 2025 might go about creating their own individualized degree programs as part of a new system of global collaborative centers, including one in space.
The necessity for students to “declare a major” was built around modern organizational principles. In today’s postmodern digital societies, when institutional structures are no longer serving the needs of its primary customers, those organizing principles will be redefined. For example, during the last two decades, we witnessed the transformation of traditional news media from print and analog products into digitial and social multimedia experiences.
While the Ivory Towers of higher education have been notoriously resistant to change, we are beginning to see cracks forming in their foundations. Students should be able to personalize their educations focused around their own personal mission statement.
Imagine redesigning our education system around the concept of people fulfilling their life purpose instead of hoping to get a job…. that is the mindset these students are attempting to shift.
Challenging students to develop innovative solutions to critical real world issues effecting their future is a fabulous way to inspire purposeful learning!