On Monday, December 5th, 2016, Rutgers Preparatory School hosted a panel discussion on the topic of the expectations facing independent schools in a changing educational landscape. This event, which took place on campus, was the capstone to the School’s yearlong celebration of its 250th anniversary. The discussion was livestreamed and the full discussion can be viewed above or on YouTube by clicking here.
The discussion, entitled “The Evolution of College Ready – What skills and knowledge should independent school graduates master for success in college, career, and life?” was moderated by Samuel Abrams, Director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College, and featured a number of experts in the field of education.
On the panel was Carole Everett, Executive Director of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS), Khristina Gonzalez, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the College and Director of Programs for Access and Inclusion at Princeton University, and Barbara Lee, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Rutgers University.
The discussion topics covered a breadth of important issues facing students, teachers, and administrators in both the independent school and higher education arenas, and included but were not limited to: the role of visual and performing arts and athletics in preparing students for higher education, the use of technology in the classroom and the technological expectations of students as they enter college and the professional world, the increasing emphasis on “brand names” and rankings in higher education and beyond, and how public and private colleges and universities are addressing the issue of affordability now and in the coming years.
As much as anniversaries are about what has been, they are equally about what still has yet to come, and the focus on the future of education was an appropriate conclusion to the Rutgers Prep's 250th Anniversary Celebration.