How to improve curricula to enhance academic standards


The students' knowledge gained and their understanding capability developed have been the datum to evaluate the value of education provided. In this article, I propose an operable approach for higher educational institutions to accommodate changes in educational curriculum and enhance academic standards in order to better serve society.

Introduction

Student outlooks and the academic institutions' reactions are obviously complicated concerns that affect practically every area of higher education. We can see some of the realistic happenings in our country in the educational sector while serving society. Always there is an imbalance between the learners and the educators. When the country is unhealthy and under uneconomical situations, there is no way for a compromise on the quality of education since it is the backbone for societal development.

Where expectations come from

  1. Past expectations:- When traditional education was in practice, the scholars and their families at educational institutions mostly had the following expectations: a safe and secured place for learning, dedicated teaching and training, course completion within the specified time limit, cost-effective mode of education, employment opportunities, cost-effective mode of education, and financial support through scholarships, and so on.
  2. Present expectations:- Whereas, today the expectations of the students and their families are manifold such as a two-sided correspondence measure among themselves and with the academic establishments, key development approaches and contact provisions, transparency on their courses, curriculum, appraisal methodology, periodic accreditation status feedback, their strength & weakness, cost of learning and financial supports, job-oriented individual guidance and preparation, on-the-institution campus placement opportunities by employers, provisions, accessibility and choosing options of course delivery, genuineness of keeping up their words and commitments, academic interactions with industries for curriculum updates and employment, and their readiness to share views, and so on.
  3. Endless expectations:- Assumptions have changed consistently and are not, at this point equivalent to they were forty years prior. Students nowadays see advanced education as business administration with a pure profit motive, and they consider themselves to be procurers of an instructive item, which clarifies why their expectations have developed so drastically. This might be deduced partially from the students' (or their families') self-motivated responsibilities to the expense of their schooling, and to a limited extent from the ascent of industrialism in open associations like advanced education. From one viewpoint, schools are feeling the squeeze to meet rising understudy and parent assumptions, however then again, there are worries that if organizations go excessively far toward commercializing advanced education, the fundamental point of advanced education might be twisted or maybe lost.

Two-way approach

So as to meet the ever-changing expectations of students and parents, academic institutions have to adopt a carefully planned strategy. The authorities of the institutions need to have open discussions with the students and their parents before finalizing their strategies. Once the strategies have been finalized, the authorities have to be transparent in communicating their possibilities and their servicing changes to accommodate their expectations and what are the changes they need in the expectations of the students and parents. Probably to arrive at a conclusion, it may take a few iterations. Such a two-way approach is a practical way to meet the expectations of the students, parents, and academic institutions, in the information era. Most of the parents' expectations are such that ultimately their children should have a job offer when they become graduates even if all of their other expectations could not be fully met. So, academic institutions have to identify the most significant expectations while planning their strategies.

Supply-demand mismatch

As the main expectation of the outgoing students and their parents is employment opportunities, we have to see the real situations in the employability of graduates.

  1. One of the major issues confronting all nations today is developing, adapting, and broadening the skill portfolio of graduates in order to build and fill tomorrow's employment. Individuals, public and private enterprises, the education sector, and governments at all levels all want to stand up and be more determined for the future. Education seems to be a genuine 'mutual benefit' requirement for everyone – for the industry, for the common society, and, of course, for individuals themselves.
  2. Another significant difficulty is ensuring that employees have the necessary abilities. This isn't simply an issue of short-term employability; it's also about our ability to adapt to and influence the employment of the future. During the earlier decade, education and training contexts have developed more significant and receptive to community requests; but because of the gap between the skills developed and skills required, there was a considerable amount of unemployment.
  3. Education shapes a nation's community welfare, academic, financial, and innovative progress. As a result, the educational program should be structured to improve and extend graduate career options, hence minimizing joblessness. With relevance to the prevailing economic situations, skills and capacities must be designed and maintained to meet the global varying demands and expectations. There is a rising acknowledgment of the worth of advanced education in conveying the advancement and imagination needed for the development of an information-based economy. Both advanced education and the graduate employment market are rapidly evolving. Though initiatives to diversify the social basis of the graduate community have had partial success, the student intake is growing more varied in terms of age, ethnicity, earlier learning environment, and aspirations.

The role of industry in education has become increasingly important. To begin, businesses must be able to express their expectations of educators. Second, rather than being delivered behind closed doors, in-work education must be enhanced throughout the field and made more accessible to a broader range of employees. Finally, there are still correlations involving education and career advancement - graduate occupation and career trajectories should extend further than the initial destinations of graduates.

Educators - Be the change

Our modern lives have undergone significant transformations. To accommodate the dynamic environment, our approaches, activities, and deliverables must be modified. These could be a few reasons why our students and their parents expect a change. Being a massive group of students and parents, the possibilities can't be all of a sudden though they wish to do so. Considering education as a service to society, the educators could change themselves to the extent possible fulfilling the group's expectations and be examples to others. Your eagerness to do changes ensures your institutions' suppleness, positive growth, competitiveness, and satisfaction.

Employers anticipate adapting the present curriculum as an emerging curriculum in order to align the abilities of university graduates with the demands of the economy, industry, and marketplace for employment and enhancement. This curriculum change must be a communitarian exertion between industries, students & graduates, and academic institutions that considers the necessities of different associates to plan the best education encounters required to close the hole among information and application, or ability and capability, along these lines upgrading employability.


Emerging curriculum

Other than these efforts, there is a growing trend onto a more comprehensive perspective to employment growth, which involves incorporating the advancement of student personality characteristics into the academic curriculum.


Personal attributes

Conclusion

Great educational planning will enable students interested in developing numerous skillful activities, or 'abilities,' by supporting them in growing perceptions of an issue. Though students come from different family environments, living areas and cultures and they may have varied skill levels, still, they can be cultivated to enrich their skills and knowledge through proper education. In my opinion, the natural wind may not favor at all times, but the smart way is to adjust our sails to reach our destination. For a better yield, the seed, field and method of cultivation have to be good.


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