This expansion does not challenge existing approaches of campus-based or online. Rather, the University of the World complements these by positioning the learning environment in the world – all around the world – and, in doing so, also utilizes classrooms and online learning.
Today's global economy has shown that the traditional university system to pursue higher education is beyond reach for 85% of the world's population (cost, distance, inability to gain admissions, or simply no vacant seats). Moreso, degrees earned in a classroom often do not prepare many students for the life employment needs of the modern world. A new approach is possible - on that bridges learning and life.
The University of the World places education in the hands of people. Recent high school graduates may earn an Associate’s Degree; this equips them as professionals. Experienced professionals can earn a Master’s Degree; this equips them to be supervisors or trainers of professionals. Degrees are earned not by sitting in a classroom, but through a rigorous curriculum that is peer-reviewed and grows skill competencies. The resulting degree proves not just what the student knows, but, more importantly, as the student actively applies the learning during his or her study, it will improve livelihoods.
This new complementary approach to higher education now grows within the University of the World. To enable the growth, the university is actively seeking partners around the world: partners who will become field campuses, and who also seek to take the innovations in pedagogy and apply them. Essential for any prospective partner is a commitment to rigorous scholarly evaluation of the product and process. A grand endeavor in global learning has started, and it will evolve with rigor only when coupled to objective assessment.
Imagine a mother with few professional options. She enrolls in the University of the World in the Family Agriculture track and learns how to farm in the city (using window boxes and her roof). She has joined an Associate’s Degree program that will equip her to grow a life-changing business, enabling not just farming capacity by capacity that will lead to better health and larger social change, drawing in people in the community. Using mobile devices, students are mentored by faculty and peers around the world. Access to education expands. A learning platform is created that is of the world. The overall product promotes acquisition as well as utilization of knowledge (the two roles of a university).
Now, imagine this mother, after growing her business for six or more years into a family-supporting endeavor, she then enrolls in the university’s Master’s degree, where she learns how to help others grow such businesses – with that degree she then also becomes eligible for employment in government or nongovernment agencies.
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