A college education should also impress on students the importance -- the absolute necessity -- of a meaningful life in which they get to define success for themselves. Learn to play the clarinet. Read a Brontë novel. Coach a basketball team. Or just spend an hour walking a dog.
New technologies offer unprecedented opportunities to redefine our role in addressing the range of challenges that we as human beings face. It is our obligation to take up this call for the benefit of our students and our world.
We have a generation of college graduates at risk and we need solutions now. No other entities or organizations in the country are better suited or better equipped to deal with this insidious problem than our revered institutions of higher education.
All the evidence shows that if a young person is out of work for a year or more at the beginning of their career, that will affect them throughout their working life. There's no way back for most of them.
Whether a school boasts an employment rate of 95 percent or 50 percent post-graduation, this does not guarantee that the numbers will stay the same from year to year. A great year for employment could be followed by a dismal one.
Attending a launch party for the third annual Tasty Awards in San Francisco last Sunday, I sampled napoleons, clafoutis, and cinnamon crispies that might very well have been baked by felons. But that's a good thing.