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With Communication Mediums Changing So Rapidly, Do You Believe College Will Be Needed In A Centruy From Now?

I am a communication studies major and I am aware on how fast websites like social media and blogs come and go in this time of age. They all have some affect on our lifestyles.
Now that college is becoming so expensive and they are not giving out as much financial aid as they used to.
Are professors going to start making there own online videos and itinerary to teach students for their own money? Meaning instead of working for a large college institutions they will skip the middle man and have students pay them through finical mediums to take classes online? Someone once told me that soon B.A.'s are just going to be the next A.S degree and companies are now aiming for people with Master Degrees. But if you think about it college is so much money that it is almost impossible to attend if you don't already come from money. People are not able to live their lives as they want because they are paying off all these school loans that they gathered up 10-15-20 years ago. Will we need college? Or will we just need the education soon? #communications #communication #politics #ukraine

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Dwight’s Answer

Your questions are all meaningful and significant; I know attending college in this economy and culture creates substantial challenges. But I am a big believer that college is much more than just the courses you take or the knowledge you acquire. It's developing relationships, learning how to live independently, budgeting money and time, solving problems, setting and meeting deadlines and goals. In short, attending college is a life transforming experience that can't be replicated by taking online classes. There is a vast difference between responding to an online question like this in a social media context and the development of a true mentoring relationship. If we were together, in person, I would take you out to lunch or dinner or coffee or dessert, just as I do my Butler students, so that I could really get to know those things about which you have a passion and appropriate skill set. That only happens when I can see the excitement in your face, hear the emotion in your voice, or watch your tears or laughter as you struggle with the knowledge you'll need to be a contributing member of our community. College is well worth the financial investment, but choose to take advantage of the growth opportunities that open to you; volunteer and make things around you better....talk with residents in a nursing home....plant trees....walk dogs in a humane shelter.....pick up trash.....give a gift or encouraging note to a maintenance worker, cashier, cook, or janitor on campus and get to know their name and their story. Treat others kindly and with respect. Those are things that college can help you learn in a way that can become a life choice.

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Leonard’s Answer

Having a college degree helps you be grounded in all forms of communications: print, online, social, blogs, etc. That foundation helps you move forward in supporting companies, non profits, government etc. with their communications. Plus, in school you're exposed to various industries so you come out of school with a well rounded background. And if you take writing courses in college, those will help you be an even better communicator. Also, your college will connect you with relevant internships that could jumpstart your career.
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Anton’s Answer

I think the role of college will change.


New technologies rarely remove old technology.


E.g. Internet didn't replace TV, TV didn't replace, radio, radio didn't replace books.


We still have and use all of these things, just in different proportions and for different use cases.


I think in the future a lot of education will be done online. 


But some people would still go to college. I don't know what would be the reasons: maybe collaboration, maybe that will be a privilege or something like that.


The college will be there just in different scale, form.

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