Our culture has changed radically since the days when college provided that classical education. We are trained to believe the value of the degree is directly related to the students’ employability upon graduation. As high school students, we are taught to determine what we want to spend our lives doing, then chose a school with a degree program that will prepare us for that particular career. If you want to teach, you chose an education program at a highly credentialed school of education; if you want to be a doctor, you follow that career path; if you want to be in business, you earn the business degrees. To our culturally-trained minds, this makes perfect sense.
Yet, long gone are the days when someone graduates from high school, then college, then enters the work force with one company and remains until retirement some 30 + years later. Nationwide studies have shown that half or more persons are no longer in the career of their college training. What about you, or your parents? Are you/they still in the field for which they received that first degree? In short, much of what is taught in the typical vocationally focused Bachelor’s degree will not stand the test of time, and will be mostly useless within a few years.
At New College, we seek to provide an education that prepares the individual to learn how to learn, to learn how to think within the broader context of history and society, to learn how to best engage the culture by sharpening the skills of writing, speech and persuasion, and most importantly, to consider history and current trends through the eyes of scripture.
We aren’t so much concerned with you entering a specific field, but that you are prepared throughout life to engage in any field, to the glory of God and service of all people.
- “As it’s used in academia it’s closer to the idea of broadening the mind and “liberating” it from parochial divisions and unthinking prejudice. It encourages the questioning of assumptions and reliance on facts as well as an understanding that even facts can be interpreted differently through different lenses. Ideally, it enables individuals to gather information, interpret it, and make informed decisions on a wide variety of topics.” Forbes.com
- “In short, people need to learn how to learn, because the only hedge against a fast-changing world is the ability to think, adapt and collaborate well.” QZ.com
- “Among the 2,134 workers surveyed, 47 percent of college graduates did not find a first job that was related to their college major. What’s more, 32 percent of college grads said that they had never worked in a field related to their majors.” CBSNews.com
- “The pie chart on the right shows the percentage of college graduates (27.3 percent) who were working in a job directly related to their college major.” NewYorkFed.org
- Eighty-seven percent of all recent college graduates say they do not regret their college major and 89 percent think going college is worth the investment in the long-run. However, fewer graduates (57 percent) think college adequately prepared them for work in the real world.CareerBuilder.com