IF YOU ARE A STUDENT …
Your funding may no longer
come as a lump sum.
Greater e;orts in job placement
made by schools.
Greater access to varied learning
methods, such as online or year -
IF YOU ARE AN INSTRUCTOR
OR A SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR …
Opportunities to expand
what you teach.
Expectations to think about
Increasing vigilance in tracking
student progress toward
Understanding the larger costs of
college and the mechanisms by
which students a;ord it.
Increased pressure to pass
courses and advance in
students maintain their loans are to embrace online and
hybrid classrooms and three-year accelerated degrees. The
CAP makes several references to working adults and veterans
in addition to traditional students, which suggests that the
flexibility created through online opportunities for students
to learn on an individualized schedule is paramount.
Another aspect of the CAP is $260 million in proposed funds
to support innovation in improving student outcomes and to
help colleges develop methods to demonstrate student learning, with an additional $500 million already committed by the
Department of Labor for 2015, to breed business and industry
partnerships with community colleges and qualifying four-year and universities. Luckily, most educators within the photo
industry already maintain ongoing industry and business
relationships. Now is the time to harness those relationships
and apply for funding from the Department of Labor to help
cultivate networks that serve to enhance the classroom.
But on a more universal level, students and educators need
to be armed with the ability to articulate the value of one’s art
to the economy and not just to the cultural fabric. In 2011, the
contribution of arts and cultural production to the gross domestic product—the value of all goods and services produced
in the United States—was estimated at $504 billion. Students
and educators who learn to analyze and explain the value of
their work in these terms will be better prepared to explain
the full value and significance of an arts education in the terms
that are becoming increasingly important to stakeholders.
Now is the time for photography faculty and students to get
out ahead of the College Affordability Plan and think about
low-cost ways to increase graduate placement, ensuring meaningful and measurable outcomes that reflect both the valuable
teaching currently being offered as well as new initiatives.
No matter how this ends up legislatively, the most impor-
tant take-away from these upcoming changes is the net effect
of enhancing a student’s education, with a goal to benefit his
or her life and career after leaving the classroom behind. EDU
“LUCKILY, MOST EDUCATORS WITHIN
THE PHOTO INDUSTRY ALREADY
MAINTAIN ONGOING INDUSTRY AND
BUSINESS RELATIONSHIPS. NOW IS
THE TIME TO HARNESS THOSE
RELATIONSHIPS AND APPLY FOR
FUNDING FROM THE DEPARTMENT
OF LABOR TO HELP CULTIVATE
NETWORKS THAT SERVE TO
ENHANCE THE CLASSROOM.”