Col­leges need to get more com­fort­able with inte­grating stu­dents into the working world, Mr. Gardner says. Oth­er­wise, when they make the tran­si­tion to the job market, “they just won’t have the expe­ri­ence, and they will wander in the waste­land for a couple of years until they put stuff together. That is cruel.”

Of course, some col­leges have made real-​​world expe­ri­ences inte­gral to the col­lege experience—like the co-​​op pro­grams of Drexel Uni­ver­sity and North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, or the com­mu­nity engage­ment of sustainability-​​oriented insti­tu­tions like Green Moun­tain Col­lege and the Col­lege of the Atlantic. But at many insti­tu­tions, oppor­tu­ni­ties for real-​​world work seem lim­ited, par­tic­u­larly for stu­dents majoring in open-​​ended liberal-​​arts pro­grams like lit­er­a­ture, his­tory, and philosophy.

Read the article at The Chronicle of Higher Education →