Postsecondary education should promote holistic student growth: Opinion

July 28, 2021
Postsecondary education should focus more on promoting holistic student growth, writes Steven Mintz. Though “developmental” education is often seen as having negative undertones, the author explains that all education should strive to cultivate psycho-social developmental traits. Mintz describes six ways institutions can make the postsecondary experience more developmental, including devoting the first year of postsecondary studies to developing study skills, mind-sets, and academic success strategies; implanting writing, public speaking, and numeracy in a broad range of classes; and integrating career development across the curriculum. Mintz also recommends organizing more courses on essential topics, encouraging arts appreciation, and increasing access to physical activities. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)