Austin Educators Discuss Education's Role in Fueling Tech Industry

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

During a panel at the 2013 SXSW Interactive conference, Austin educators discussed whether education should be used to help fill jobs in the technology industry.

“I'm not sure it's education's job to fill jobs,” said Donald Christian, dean of the College of Business at Concordia University Texas. “[It's] being able to think, add to the community and [to] be a whole person, but that may or may not fill jobs.”

Christian quoted University of Texas President Bill Powers, who discussed at a previous panel whether it is higher education's job to fill jobs of today or prepare future leaders.

Christian was joined by Pauline Dow, Austin ISD's chief academic officer, and Austin Community College President Richard Rhodes. Nathan Green, the founder of Campus2Careers career community that connects college students and graduates with small- and medium-sized businesses for entry-level jobs, moderated the panel.

Panelists also focused on standardization of testing and how early college programs and massive open online courses—free online courses available to anyone—affect traditional degree programs.

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