American colleges are still nowhere close to focusing on teaching what students need most when they enter the workforce. For example, only 25% of US High Schools offer computer science classes. Now illustrating this point further, a faculty committee at Wayne State University has proposed adding a three credit hours requirement in diversity to the general education curriculum at WSU. It also recommended that WSU drop its university-wide requirement in mathematics, an idea that was carried out on June 13.
Here is an excerpt from the article on Michigan Capitol Confidential by Derek Draplin:
“We are proposing the creation of specific ‘Diversity’ courses, with students required to take one course in this designation,” said a document from the General Education Reform Committee, which is recalibrating what the university will expect from all students who earn a degree from the state university. It released the proposal in May.”
The committee report said, “These courses will provide opportunities for students to explore diversity at the domestic level and consider the ways in which it intersects with real world challenges at the local, national and/or global level.”
This shows yet again that a lot of University leaders don’t have their priorities straight.