Botzman: Larger Ed Even now Gateway to Accountable Citizenship, Careers


By Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D.
President of Misericordia University

Iconic American writer Mark Twain may well have been capable to recognize with increased schooling if it was a living, breathing point. After all, reports of its demise and in the long run, its death, have been tremendously exaggerated by far also many sources to mention.

Because 2008, Moody’s – one particular of the greatest credit rating agencies – has doubled the quantity of ratings downgrades in the business. Several colleges and universities are failing to appeal to enough students to fill their classrooms. And Harvard University Enterprise College Professor Clayton Christensen predicts about half of the nation’s almost 4,000 institutions will fail in the next 15 many years due to technological upheaval.

There is no doubt that greater training is shifting. Responsible leaders at our schools and universities understand that and are adapting to it. We know that technologies is altering the way programs are delivered and credits are earned. Demographics also weigh on us as fewer college students are graduating from high schools across the nation and matriculating to our institutions. Include in reduced or flat federal and state support for a college degree, and you can see the sources of this gloom and doom.

If all this rings accurate, however, why aren’t we just providing up?  Why are not students just logging on to their computers to get educated? Why are our colleges and universities in northeastern Pennsylvania and elsewhere succeeding rather than failing as business entities?

Greater education institutions are made to get outdated, and stay vibrant and healthy. At Misericordia University, for example, we are celebrating our 90th anniversary. As opposed to most other varieties of business, we are designed to reside really prolonged lives. Professors get a long-term technique in designing curriculum and study agendas, usually forgoing tasks that might be topical today and gone tomorrow. They operate to educate a student for 4 years and then to give them the basis for lifelong studying as a graduate.

Increased schooling, then, is not “consumed” for only four many years, and our liberal arts and science base is not a fad, but rather a basis for success beyond the university years. The investments of time, talent and treasure in an schooling last a lifetime. In financial terms, a student is buying a “bond with dividends” that last during a career.

Schools and universities boast human capital that is the envy of many other industries. Our intellectual home is produced and enhanced by specialists in teaching, analysis and support. Even though other individuals defend their home with patents and trademarks, we share it with other individuals – even rivals – to create it additional and to make it sharper.

Larger education institutions include to the economic, social and cultural vitality of a area. There will constantly be a require for schooling to serve as the gateway to responsible citizenship and careers. Nearby school systems across the nation are providing a steady stream of youthful and ambitious talent who will shape our collective future. Larger training is the gateway to licensure in many specialist fields, especially in the discipline of overall health care that has turn out to be an economic driver for our area.

Our nation and our collective futures are tied to larger schooling. The require for schooling is not going to end just simply because time passes and we turn into a lot more educated and far more technologically innovative.

Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., is president of Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa., the oldest 4-year institution of increased education in Luzerne County. Misericordia University ranks in the leading tier of the Ideal Regional Universities – North class of U.S. News and Planet Report’s 2015 edition of Greatest Colleges and was designated a 2015 Ideal Northeastern University by the Princeton Evaluation.

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