In a speech at Macombe Community College in Michigan, President Barack Obama has made some major new announcements with regards to funding and plans for adult education and neighborhood colleges. The announcements come as a lot of adults return to education in light of the recession, with recent reports from the state of Utah (at sltrib.com) claiming that the number of enrollments have elevated by 19 percent in the previous college year.
Obama was normally positive about the nation’s community colleges and highlighted the previous trend of treating neighborhood colleges ‘like the stepchild of the larger education system’. But he also had some criticisms that referred to as for some reform.
‘Now, I know that for a long time there have been politicians who have spoken of instruction as a silver bullet and college as a remedy-all,” he said. “It really is not, and we know that. I can’t inform you how a lot of workers who’ve been laid off, you talk to them about instruction and they say, “Coaching for what?” So I realize the frustrations that a lot of individuals have, especially if the training is not well made for the certain jobs that are getting created out there.’
$ 12 billion has been earmarked for a ten year initiative to be used across the USA, in an try to improve the degree completion rate by 50 %. According to insidehighered.com, president of the American Association of Neighborhood Colleges George R. Boggs described the plan as ‘pretty ambitious’.
However, the use of distance education as a tool to meet these targets can also be regarded as just as determined. President Obama aims to make such courses free of charge on the web – a move that has been referred to as “historic” and “transformative” at the above source.
According to the transcript of the speech at whitehouse.gov, President Obama mentioned: “Even as we repair bricks and mortar…we’re going to assistance the creation of a new on the internet, open-supply clearinghouse of courses so that community colleges across the country can supply more classes without having developing a lot more classrooms.”
The idea is a pioneering one, particularly as several countries are nevertheless behind in regards to embracing open content material. Similar moves regarding distance education have been announced in the UK. In order to market the use of on the web courses, Prime Minister Gordon Brown as announced a £20 million budget as an aid to students who may well drop out of university courses who can then full their research on the internet.