The Importance Of Education In The Utah State University

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The American population has increased by over 60% in the past half century, and is expected to reach 347.3 million individuals by 2025. A growing population brings with it a number of problems for a country, one of which is providing a secondary education system to its citizens. It is projected that over the next ten years, Utah alone will need to accommodate an additional 50,000 college students. Signs of this are already apparent to those of us at Utah State University due to this year’s drastic influx of over 6,000 new students (Source 1 USU). As a result of this, class sizes have grown and class availability has become scarce. USU along with most US colleges will need to meet the growing demand for higher education. One solution that has …show more content…
Why do students attend universities? Though there is some variation between responses to this question, if you ask any recent high school graduate the typical response would be something along the lines of “I want to go so I can get a good job, and then make money, so I can support myself/family”. This explanation is a result of the cultural perception of education adopted by our modern age. Education is perceived now as nothing more than a means to an end. It wasn’t always this way, and because of this, the question is begged: Why should students attend universities? The role of the university has been and is still formally is to create educated persons. An educated person is not an individual who has gained vast knowledge of a subject, nor are they simply well read, rather, an educated person is someone who possesses broad knowledge encompassing multiple areas of scholastic of study, and who has acquired a well-rounded set of interpersonal and professional skills. Evidence of this role is shown through the general course requirements posited by universities nationwide. Often these general courses are taken grudgingly. The art major who can’t comprehend the …show more content…
Taking classes online allows students to manage school and other commitments with increased flexibility. Moreover, online classes cost the student and university less money. With this in mind, many studies have found little to no difference between the knowledge gained and competency of students who enroll in online classes vs in person classes (Source 2 Weber or Stanford). Some students even report online classes as “easier", thus allowing them to obtain the same credit they would have received from a traditional in person class with less effort. With little to no immediate downside to online classes, their implementation would seem as if it were a resolution that would provide a win-win outcome. Students would receive a cheaper, easier, and more convenient learning method with equivalent results to the traditional method. Additionally, universities would spend less and produce more due to a mitigated need for campus expansion, as well as online lectures allowing faculty to teach more students at once. Online classes appear to be without fault. Though there is truth in their claims each apparent positive carries with it an equal to or greater

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