What is the Purpose of Higher Education? – Student Answers

I recently presented on the topic of leadership at a retreat with students from my campus.  During the presentation, I asked a couple questions of my students and these were the responses.  I found their thoughts interesting and decided to post them.

What is the purpose of higher education?

  • Further education
  • Find your purpose
  • Get a job
  • Expand horizons
  • Learn more about yourself
  • Grow
  • Make connections
  • Set an example for others
  • Figure things out
  • Gain experience
  • To make more money
  • Learn more about others
  • More well-rounded
  • Passion
  • Become independent

What knowledge, skills, and abilities do you expect to get from higher education?

  • Independence
  • Getting a sense of the world outside
  • Communicate effectively and eloquently
  • Present yourself
  • How to send an email
  • Time management
  • Working with others different from ourselves
  • Lead others
  • Self-motivation
  • Self-confidence
  • Working well with others
  • Problem-solving
  • Inclusivity
  • Jumping through hoops
  • Understanding and navigating organizational structures
  • Do what you want to do
  • Critical-thinking
  • Goals

How do these responses match with our espoused outcomes in higher education?  Are our expectations aligned with what our students expect or want?


About Justin Sipes

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One Response to What is the Purpose of Higher Education? – Student Answers

  1. “How to send an email” My favorite response!

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