College decisions are particularly significant. The college years represent a time in life when a person is trying to figure out what they believe and why.
The quality of one’s education depends on how and what a student is encouraged to practice. Thus, all educational decisions are significant in that education plays a role in shaping the way one interacts with the world.
Our desire is to help college-bound students and families think about the issues and questions involved in college selection.
Use Gutenberg’s College Discovery Tool to ask yourself some questions in order to help you discover next possible steps in your educational journey. The College Discovery Tool (CDT) is a set of 24 prompts with multiple-choice responses meant to get you thinking about education, relationships, and life in general.
A Video with College Counselor Dr. John Seal
In the video below, Dr. Seel presents three types college: (1) certification–“how” to do a particular skill; (2) credentialing–“what” a career demands; (3) wisdom–“why” questions of life.
Gutenberg College represents the third approach, of which there are less than a dozen in North America. Gutenberg is a wisdom college.
We hope this video will be helpful as you consider the best path forward in your educational journey.
Consider Some Problems and Trends in Higher Ed
- Why I Stopped Hiring Ivy League Graduates by R. R. Reno (Wall Street Journal)
- Opinion: America desperately needs to redefine ‘college and career ready’ by Ted Dintersmith and Tony Wagner (MarketWatch)
- New Higher-Ed Business Models That Millions of Americans Need to Get Better Jobs by Allison Dulin Salisbury (EdSurge)
- Can Higher Education be Saved? by Victor Davis Hanson (National Review)
- The Real Reason College Costs So Much by Paul F. Campos (New York Times)
Consider How Problems and Trends Affect Student Outcomes
- Young Christians are leaving the church–here’s why by J. Warner Wallace (Fox News)
- College students say they want a degree for a job. Are they getting what they want? by Jeffrey Selingo (Washington Post)
- Study: College Students Not Learning Much by CBSNews.com
- Only 27 percent of college grads have a job related to their major by Washington Post
Consider Possible Solutions to Problems Facing Higher Ed
- How to Get the Most Out of College by Frank Bruni (The New York Times)
- The Case for Christian Colleges by Graham Hillard (National Review)
- Spiritual Maturity: Are You a Philosopher or a Drug Addict? by Rondall Reynoso (Faith on View)
- Career-Relevant Education Linked to Student Well-Being by Brandon Busteed and Zac Auter (Gallup)
- A Safe Place for Unsafe Questions by John Seel (New Compernican Conversations)
“Pathways to College,” a Talk by Gutenberg Vice President Dr. Eliot Grasso
Choosing a college should reflect our trust in God’s purposes for our lives. But all too often our trust in God falters in these critical decisions, and our choices align with the world rather than with the Bible. If families aren’t careful, students can lose their freedom by taking on massive college debt and enrolling in programs that overpromise and underdeliver, and parents may give their children over to college faculty who may lack the skills to mentor young minds.
In this talk, Dr. Grasso, who has over a decade of college teaching and administrative experience in America and Europe, will give families the tools and questions they need to think clearly about the college-selection process so that college decisions can be made with confidence and understanding.
“Pathways to College” Worksheet
When it comes to college selection, few realize how the internal workings of an institution work together to create the educational environment for a student. This worksheet explains some of the challenges with those inner workings and offers insights that aim to help with decision making. At the end, there is a worksheet that the college-bound can use to think clearly through their decision-making process for college. We hope that this is beneficial to you as you consider your college options.