In their recent book, The Outrageous Idea of Academic Faithfulness, Donald Opitz and Derek Melleby (2007) note how “expectations have profound implications on what students actually find when they arrive at college” (p. 15). In recent decades, a paradigmatic shift has occurred among college students concerning their views of the purpose of a college education. Student expectations have grown increasingly pragmatic, utilitarian, and vocational in nature. This shift toward a vocational emphasis has had a profound impact on the landscape of higher education, changing the shape of many institutions and how higher education is both viewed and offered in the 21st century. The following paper shall examine the growth of vocationalism within higher education, its impact on the student, and the unique role that Christian higher education and student affairs professionals share in the preservation of the liberal arts tradition.
"Vocationalism in Higher Education,"
Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development: Vol. 9:
9, Article 6.
Available at: https://pillars.taylor.edu/acsd_growth/vol9/iss9/6
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