Why We Do This
We believe in the transformative power of Higher Education. We believe in the people who’ve committed their lives to the cause. Most of all, we believe in the students and educators we serve. For over 382_ years, American Higher Education has transformed the lives of hundreds of millions of people. However, since the start of the Information Age, we’ve noticed a few cracks in the foundation. The rest of the world is also watching and we’re all getting a little concerned. To paraphrase Thoreau: higher education is merely hacking at the leaves, not digging at the roots. Here are the cracks...
MOST STUDENTS GO TO COLLEGE AND GET A DEGREE, BUT NOT AN EDUCATION
Over 27 million people are currently enrolled in US Higher Education. Yet one out of every six students drops out in their first three months, 45% show no significant gains in learning after their first two years, and only 35% actually graduate in four years. Afterwards, students receive a diploma and a GPA, but the days are long gone when a diploma helped students land a job and GPA is no longer the judge of intelligence or an indicator of future success. The world rewards genius, but tragically, our educational system is preparing students for mediocrity. One of the indicators of this new reality is that more people today are returning to college than ever before. By the year 2020, over 42% of enrolled college students will be over age 25, representative of 9.9 million students who realize that it’s never too late to graduate, yet most colleges are not yet prepared to support and serve this growing population.
MOST STUDENTS DIE WHEN THEY’RE 27, BUT AREN’T BURIED UNTIL THEY’RE 77
Only 45% of Americans are satisfied with their jobs, 84% believe they are not in their dream job, and 77% actually hate their jobs (and people spend one third of their lives in their jobs). They’re living a dead life emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, even financially. This truth is both sad and disturbing. They’ve lost their passion and the university is not doing enough to inspire this passion in the human soul. The greatest tragedy in life isn’t dying; it’s what dies inside us as we live.
MOST STUDENTS GRADUATE WITHOUT A SENSE OF PURPOSE
AND WORK WITHOUT A SENSE OF MEANING
One out of every two students indicate that one of their most important lifetime objectives is to develop a meaningful philosophy of life. Yet, instead of helping students meet this objective, colleges mandate compulsory coursework in trivial subjects that don’t support students in defining who they are, who they want to become, and ultimately what they want to give back to the world. Too many of our students are graduating with the same questions that they came into college with.
MOST STUDENTS DECLARE BANKRUPTCY BEFORE THEY DECLARE A MAJOR
The average graduate will rack up over $37,000 in student loans while the total national student loan debt swells past $1.48 trillion (spread out among about 44 million borrowers) and the default rate climbs exponentially. According to UCLA research, the #1 goal of today’s college student is “to be very well off financially.” Yet, of the 4,495 degree-granting colleges in the US, only four have financial education in the core curriculum. This isn’t just wrong; it's quite possibly educational malpractice.
MOST STUDENTS TAKE THEIR EDUCATION HIGHER, BUT NOT DEEPER
It’s not hopeless. It’s time to stop hacking at the leaves and start digging at the roots. But we can’t stop there; we must also plant new seeds. Together, we help students get an education, not just a degree. We help students find their passion to live every day. We help students create a sense of purpose and meaning. We help students learn to fund their vision. We help students take their higher education deeper. Together, we help college students get what they want and need.
I am Collegiate Empowerment.
YOU are Collegiate Empowerment.
WE are Collegiate Empowerment.