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Types of Higher Education Programs
Today’s students have many choices when it comes to pursuing a degree: four-year programs, two-year programs, large or small classroom settings, and even daytime or evening classes. With all the different options to consider, potential students should learn about the different types of colleges so they can find a school that best fits their personality, budget, and educational goals.
One type of higher education program for students to consider is a liberal arts college. These schools tend to be small in size and offer a range of undergraduate degrees in subjects like English, history, psychology, and education. Students may choose a liberal arts college if they want a more intimate classroom setting rather than large lecture-style classes. Students may also consider a liberal arts college if they want to gain knowledge from a variety of disciplines, rather than focus on a single area of study. Many liberal arts schools are privately owned, and some have religious affiliations. Liberal arts schools can come with a hefty price tag, and their high cost presents an obstacle for students on a tight budget; moreover, while some students might appreciate a liberal arts school’s intimate atmosphere, others might encounter a lack of diversity in the student body. Still, students seeking a well-rounded education in the humanities will find liberal arts colleges to be one option.
Universities, another type of higher education program, offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Usually universities are larger than colleges and can accommodate tens of thousands of students in many different majors and areas of study. A large student body means that class sizes are often larger, and some classes may be taught by graduate students rather than professors. Students will feel at home at a university if they want a focused academic program and state-of-the-art research facilities. While some universities are private, many are public, which means they receive funding from the government, so tuition is more affordable and some even offer discounted in-state tuition for state residents. Also, universities attract many international students, so those looking for a variety of campus cultural groups and clubs will appreciate a greater sense of diversity among the student body. Universities can be overwhelming for some, but they are the right fit for students who seek research opportunities and academic studies, especially in the fields of mathematics and science.
Community college is a type of higher education program popular with students on a limited budget who want to take college courses but may not know what they want to major in. Most schools offer degrees after two years of study, usually an associate’s degree that prepares students to enter the work force; many students choose to study at a community college for two years and then transfer to a four-year college to complete their undergraduate degree. Like liberal arts schools, classes are small and allow instructors to pay more attention to their students. Community college allows students to live at home rather than in a dormitory, which also keeps costs down. While some young people might not like the idea of living at home for school, many adults choose to attend community college so they can advance their education while working and living with their families.
Online universities are another type of higher education program that are gaining popularity as technology improves. These schools offer many of the same degree programs as traditional liberal arts colleges and universities. Unlike traditional programs, which require students to attend classes and lectures, online universities offer greater academic flexibility and are a great option for students wishing to pursue a degree while still working full time. At online universities, students access course materials, such as video lectures and assessments, remotely using a personal computer and are able to speed up or slow down their progress to complete their degree at their own pace. Students may attend classes in the comfort of their own home or a local library, but students hoping for the social community of higher education might not enjoy this aspect of higher education.
With so many colleges and universities to choose from, it may be difficult for a student to narrow down his or her selection, but once a student knows what he or she is looking for, the process may become much easier. It is very important for students to learn about the different types of higher education programs available before making their selections.
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College is a melting pot of people. Everyone is different; students learn at different paces and have different learning styles. If students choose a community college they are placed in classes based upon their academic testing scores. Students will find themselves in a classroom with peers whom are on the same level academically. Although the students in these classes are following the same curriculum, they are all different when it comes to their work ethics in school. In College there are three kinds of students: procrastinators, over achievers and academically, average students.
Procrastinators are found in all levels of schooling. They are not necessarily bad students, but some may earn that reputation. These students tend to arrive late to class or come unprepared. Their homework is often turned it late or finished with only minutes to spare. Believe it or not; most of them are very intelligent, they just do not have effective time management skills. With good time management skills; these students would find it easier to balance school, home and work.
In addition to procrastinators, you have over achievers. Over achievers are able to perfect nearly everything they do. These students strive to be the best and are determined to succeed. They come to class early and often stay late. Their homework is completed days before it is due and they are always prepared when arriving to class. Some may believe that these students are academically smarter than others, but that is not often the case. They just have a better balance when it comes to managing their time efficiently. These students will also find college to be an easier journey that most will.
Most commonly in college you will find, academically average students. These students fall right in to the middle of the two types mentioned above and tend to blend in. They may not arrive early or stay late, but will arrive on time and have homework completed when due. Their goal is to learn a subject and pass with an acceptable grade. You will also find that most of these students carry a bigger load outside of school, whether it be work, home and/or children. As a result of this, their time management may be more difficult to balance. This type of student is not any more or less driven then others when it comes to success. As a results to having themselves, spread so thin time management may be a little more difficult to balance.
In conclusion, college is a wonderful place to experience more freedom and express ones, personal learning style. There is no right or wrong student to be. Throughout life there will be procrastinators that do not have good time management skills and have a hard time balancing school, home and work. There will also be over achievers that are able to prefect nearly everything they do inside and outside of school. Last but certainly not least, there are always going to be those who are average. They fall right in to the middle of the other two types mentioned and tend to blend in. With that being said, as different as these students may be, there goal is the same. The goal is to learn the material, graduate with their degrees and become successful.