The Evolution of College Students
We have guest blogger Monica Gomez share her thoughts on the evolution of college students:
Previous generations may have been able to get away without a college education, but today’s statistics back up the claim that you are likely to earn more with a postsecondary education than with a high school diploma alone.
The following infographic from Carrington.edu shows that Americans value a college education, if the increased numbers of college students over the past few decades is any indication. As the infographic reports, the number of college students in the U.S. is now at record levels. In the 1960s, 1.3 million high school grads enrolled in college; by the 21st century, this number had reached 20.4 million students, reflecting over half of the country’s total high school graduates.
Other trends include the increase in the proportion of women who are attending college, with 45% of female high school graduates attending college in the 1960s, and 55% of them attending college in the 2000s. Interesting, the number of men attending college has fluctuated greatly in the last 50 years, and the percentage of male high school grads attending college is now 45%, compared to 57% in the 1960s.
The technological advances have been stunning. You may not remember the handheld calculator or audiocassettes of the 1960s, but your parents and grandparents were probably impressed by these pieces of technology when they first came about. BASIC computer language was another invention of the time, but college students may have graduated without ever working on a computer.
The introduction of word processing in the 1970s made many college students’ lives infinitely easier, as the ability to delete and edit your work may have saved them hours of frustration, unlike the typewriter. And the Walkman gave us a glimpse at our current on-the-go technology – for the first time; students were able to listen to music as they walked to and from class. The 1980s saw the Apple Macintosh and IBM PC, making the paper-writing process easier once again.
The World Wide Web revolutionized higher education, and since the 1990s and 2000s, college students have been able to attend classes remotely and avoid carrying heavy books. New technology includes smartphones and hybrid cars, but these too may quickly seem mundane. What new technology will be next to impress today’s college students?
Check out the infographic here!