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Student Expectations of Higher Education


The world is built in a way which is complex and not usually appealing to man’s needs. The most important thing to do is to perceive this complexity and advance to the target. This rule may also be applied to education since it is the universal means of getting mature and intelligent. When a child leaves a kindergarten, he or she expects that the same process of studying will be at school: games, afternoon nap, etc.; however, the truth is that not always our expectations directly reflect into the next stage of self-development. The same thing happens to a man when starting to get a higher education. A student-to-be creates a specific image and, what a blessing if all the needs and expectations are met without any pitfalls.

The specificity of generation is of the most important because a bunch of research claims that student expectations have dramatically changed over the years. Presumably, basic needs play an important part in terms of higher education. In those years when universities were not computerized, the most typical expectation was to have such intelligent professors to rely on while studying tips new information comparing to school. In the age of technologies, students expect to have solid materials to get ready for classes. Lectures and seminars are not popular due to the fact that it has become easier to approach any information. The fact is that any contemporary student will be frustrated to find out that there is no Wi-Fi connection in this or that room.

If a person makes a choice to undertake higher education after school, it can be counted as an enormous blessing in terms of education. The figures speak for themselves, the research conducted in Australia claims that in 2003 there was 63 percent of students who had expected to continue with a university degree; however, in 2015 this percentage decreased to 54. As a result, students stop believing that further education will help them to get a good and well-paid job. Such a terrifying tendency can be explained through the existence of a great number of private businesses which hire people without obligatory higher education since their specificity allows training workers for a month or less. Understandably, the possibility of having a job, directly after school, deters students-to-be from spending 4 or 5 years studying at the university.

In order to see the whole picture, it is high time to provide a few statistics. The bunch of research was conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

There is a dramatic shift in expectations from 2003-2015, 2015-2018. It is connected with a number of programs which demand a certificate in a specific field. Therefore, after school people have an aim to get the certificate and leave the country rather than be occupied with the process of entering a university.

Those students from remote schools do not even expect to get a higher education since it is not always cheap. However, indigenous students tend to follow the same strategy since the reality of life with financial constraints enormously impacts the student’s choice.

The decline of a university degree prestige is the result of non-topical faculties. More and more students want to get a programmer’s degree rather than the bio one.

It is not a secret that students may expect something unreal from higher education. Some people claim that it does not matter if you have managed to master the art in the sphere you study, they say that the most necessary thing is to get the certificate of a university degree. To be honest, it does not work due to the fact that the level of true postgraduates has a significant impact on the social and economic development of the whole country. The result is that intelligent and educated people make the country to be one of the ‘first worlds’.

Interestingly, student expectations may vary from the first year of studying until the fourth or the fifth. Definitely, the most common unifying truth is that all the students want to lessen the stress and walk this studying path as leisurely as possible. However, there are a number of students who are strong with their expectations. The following list is disclosing the most worrying issues in terms of the studenthood.

1.Subject specificity.

There is a tendency which shows that the level of interest in the chosen sphere is dramatically decreasing with the flow of studying. Students become bored with getting general knowledge; they expect to study the subject in details. Therefore, at some point, they are on the verge of skipping all the classes. As a result, the last years of studying are the most interesting and dedicated to the specificity of the subject, but students have already lost motivation.

2.Non-scientific activity.

Students expect to boost some skills which are interesting for them. A lot of universities have some sports sections, art therapy lessons, dancing clubs. Education is important not only for our brains but for physical development too. The problem is that some subjects are highly concentrated around lectures and homework, and when a student comes home, he or she is non-motivated to study any more. Some level of freedom is important for a student.

3. Breaking traditional frames.

Throughout the years the ideal portrait of a good student was developed. Usually, it is the one to be present at all classes, the one to study hard. The last preconditions are listening, learning by heart, having the A-Mark. Contemporary students expect to perceive as much material on the lessons as possible, analyze it during the class and ask some questions which demand a better explanation. Analytical abilities are significantly important.

4. Developing the circle of friends.

When entering the university, a student tries to find like-minded people in order to feel secure in a brand new environment. The expectations of finding the best friend or, even, the partner for life, are usually met. Presumably, it is the aspect which comes true in terms of expectations.