With more than 14 million students at 4,200 colleges, serious questions are being raised about the quality of teaching and learning, retention and graduation rates and the skills of those students who earn their diploma. As Lara Couturier, a higher education consultant explains, “There’s been report after report and commission after commission formed of business leaders who are calling out to higher education and saying ‘We need to change the system. We are not satisfied with the level of skills that our employees are showing up with.’”
Declining by Degrees takes viewers to college campuses around the country to hear firsthand from students, teachers and administrators who provide candid insights of the national problems and challenges facing higher education in America. It’s a topic too important to ignore. As Richard Hersh, former president of Trinity College and Hobart and William Smith College says, “Higher education is about the future. And it is about the way in which we travel to the future in terms of being prepared, or it’s the way in which we fail the future.”
This program has received the EWA First Prize award, the Cine Golden Eagle, and the Bellwether award.
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