A contemporary education must recognize contemporary circumstances: the diversity of American society, the diversity of the world in which students live, and the centrality of technology and the global dynamic to life in the 21st century. More than ever, students should be prepared for lifelong learning and for the likelihood that no job or occupation will last a lifetime. Even for the most technical qualification, students need the civic learning and broader intellectual capabilities that underlie success in the workforce.
The Higher Learning Commission distinguishes higher education in part on the basis of its reach beyond narrow vocational training to a broader intellectual and social context.
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