Even in the past, the primary focus not only of the government, but of every family, is basic education.
This means that there must be solid foundation when it comes to the learners’ elementary and middle school years.
However, what is always left as next in line is higher education. Sometimes, the improvement of higher education becomes a sole responsibility of higher education institutions. As such, higher education quality is sacrificed.
Yet, this scenario should not happen. The knowledge acquired by learners during their early school years would all be placed to waste should they get no quality higher education.
There must be a continuous acquisition of knowledge so that learners would turn out to be better and more productive individuals.
In order to assure the quality of higher education institutions as well as of higher education in general, here are some of the steps that must be undertaken.
If these recommendations were be put to practice, not only the students, but the entire education stakeholders, would benefit from the results.
1. Review and revisit each course curriculum. The main reason why some curriculums tend not to be effective anymore is that they are already outdated. Some of the contents only address the needs of the learners in the past.
As education is alive and evolving, so are the needs of the learners. Therefore, each higher education institution must see to it that there are updates to the curriculum.
It must integrate the changes that are currently arising. It must also have corrective feedback on the errors, if there are any, of the previous curriculum.
By this, learners would see the educational process as more relevant and responsive to the call of the times.
2. Check the learners’ ability to apply theories learned. Another issue why higher education quality is always questioned is the learners’ ability to put to life what they have learned in the four corners of the classroom.
Some learners might be mentally capable and excellent when it comes to theories. However, when asked to go to the field, they could hardly practice what they have learned in school.
In short, learners were not prepared for real life tasks. It is therefore another issue that must be given priority. The content of the courses they are taking must have practical applications. By this, even in school, students can already anticipate what might probably happen in the real scenario.
The students however, should be assessed individually. At the end of the day, there must be an assurance that people who need to learn at a different pace are given that opportunity.
3. Give focus on faculty development. Sometimes, the success of every curriculum also depends on the teacher. No matter how great the planned curriculum is if the teacher could not carry it out well, then it would be useless.
Therefore, along with the updating of the curriculum is the updating of the teacher as well.
This holds true not only to new teachers, but to those who are teaching for quite some time already. Everyone in the academe needs to update themselves with current trends in order to give a better point of view during the discussion of the lesson.
The worst part is if students know more than teachers do. As such, faculty development must also be one of the targets.
4. Stop rewarding poor student performance with the theory that no one is left behind. It’s ridiculous to assume that every single student should move forward with their class if they are flunking out of school.
Let those that need to be held back, GET HELD BACK. Perhaps the stigma attached to doing better in school would be reaffirmed if students themselves were held to higher level of accountability.
These four are only some of the steps that must be undertaken to ensure quality higher education.
There are definitely a lot more things to be done to come up with only the best environment conducive for higher education.