We have been educated and cautioned about the projected fall in higher education enrollments for several years. This is no longer a hypothetical prediction, as there are mounting indications that smaller universities could close in the next years, potentially causing social and economic implications. While the current pandemic may have distracted us from the impending changes, we must examine academic measures to protect higher education while continuing to give our students with access to knowledge and skills.
While the current pandemic may have distracted us from the impending changes, we must promptly examine academic efforts to defend higher education as we continue to give our students with information and skills that will help them determine their futures, and hence the country's destiny. It's time to go "beyond the box" and find significant, logical, and targeted answers to this situation. I propose, in particular, the creation of interdisciplinary courses that will answer these demands without jeopardising the integrity of disciplines; courses that are new, impactful, and intellectually, practically, and vocationally valuable.
- To develop a system of educating our students that is both meaningful and efficient, as well as to promote awareness of the interconnection of various disciplines and the applications that result from such understanding.
- To provide original, one-of-a-kind courses that will attract students to our schools.
- To address questions and concerns regarding diversity and inclusion in the classroom through interdisciplinary collaborations, live and in-person, in order to safeguard higher education and hence our civilisation.
- To provide chances for grant writing and fundraising
A framework for the creation of interdisciplinary courses
Interdisciplinary courses have the ability to speed the production of new ideas, concepts, and perspectives, resulting in a synergy of distinct perspectives that could lead to innovative solutions to important social and technological issues, for example. When well planned, two disparate disciplines can work together to solve a problem with resources that one discipline alone may lack. When we integrate sociology, literature, and communication, we can have a deeper conversation on inclusivity.
Potential benefits of transdisciplinary teaching initiatives
As previously stated, a faculty member may be able to address issues of diversity and inclusivity within a discipline through a single lens, whereas interactions between two faculty members from two different disciplines addressing a similar concern from different perspectives will open new doors for a deeper conversation about the meaning of inclusivity and diversity on their own. Such a discussion can also look into why or how such concerns have been overlooked in various areas, as well as possible solutions. That is, rather than hasty fixes, serious acknowledgements and actions are required.
To kick off this initiative, we'll need a few interdisciplinary courses to lay the groundwork for attracting students to our colleges and universities, as well as creating a more efficient and integrated system for acquiring knowledge, understanding, and wisdom about life, self, and others, which will have a direct impact on career choices. Interdisciplinary course development can also pave the way for joint grant writing and the pursuit of funding from local, national, and even international foundations. Finally, by being more open to interdisciplinary thought, we may, and must, develop ways to maintain and safeguard higher education and its core ideals, which make up a wholistic whole.