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Article posted: 6/30/2013 7:05 AM

Post-recession, higher education paths diverge

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Steve Mulder, Director, University of Farmers-Grand Rapids, poses for a photo in Caledonia, Mich. The University of Farmers is a corporate training operation, and its students are insurance agents and adjusters, many of whom work for Farmers Insurance Group. It has campuses in California and at a suburban office park beside the Grand Rapids airport in Michigan.

Associated Press/May 2013

Students engage in group study at the Al Akhawayn University library, in Ifrane, Morocco. Morocco's public universities follow the traditional French model of early and strict separation of subjects. Al Akhawayn follows the model of St. John's College in New Mexico, which offers a ėgreat booksî curriculum based on the foundations of Western literature.

Associated Press/April 2013

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In the United States -- where top schools have long championed a liberal style of learning and broad education before specialization -- higher education's focus is shifting to getting students that first job in a still-shaky economy. Tuition is so high and the lingering economic distress so great that an education not directly tied to an occupation is increasingly seen as a luxury. Elsewhere in the world, there is a growing emphasis on broader learning as an economic necessity.
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    • Steve Mulder, Director, University of Farmers-Grand Rapids, poses for a photo in Caledonia, Mich. The University of Farmers is a corporate training operation, and its students are insurance agents and adjusters, many of whom work for Farmers Insurance Group. It has campuses in California and at a suburban office park beside the Grand Rapids airport in Michigan.
    • Students engage in group study at the Al Akhawayn University library, in Ifrane, Morocco. Morocco’s public universities follow the traditional French model of early and strict separation of subjects. Al Akhawayn follows the model of St. John’s College in New Mexico, which offers a ėgreat booksî curriculum based on the foundations of Western literature.
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