Higher Education Can Rediscover Its Purpose
The young man in the Verizon store was selling phones, but that clearly wasn’t his first choice in life. His goal when he went to college had been to become a physical therapist. He loved the field, and in his freshman year it seemed to offer many attractive possibilities. Then he was informed that he lacked the required math class to continue in the program. Sorry, but he would have to take the class and wait an entire year to reapply with no promise he would be admitted into the competitive program next time around. A year would go by. He would accumulate more student debt but make no real progress toward the credential he wanted. And the taxpayers’ investment in his education, through support of his public college, would be for naught.
Originally published: September 7, 2022
Author: Scott L. Wyatt
Position: Former President
Institution: Southern Utah University
Published by: The Wall Street Journal