Close to 3 million students live on college campuses. Living on campus is seen by millions of young men and women — and their parents — as the ideal way to spend one’s college years as students have more opportunities to develop the social skills they will need for a lifetime.
But those who say students should spend less time on campus are right. They should spend more time in internships in laboratories, law firms, museums, theaters, archaeological digs, as well as studying at colleges overseas. Such experiences will drive home the value of collaboration and the need to think quickly on one’s feet, and also lead to classrooms full of more experienced students.
In the future our campuses will still be alive with students who take technology for granted and enjoy talking face-to-face with classmates and faculty. An education that includes classroom instruction, the best technology and more internships is one that will still be flying 50 years from now.
James Muyskens is president of Queens College, City University of New York. Sue Henderson is its vice president.