HigherEd TechDecisions quotes Matthew Grisafe in article about law school enrollment challenges
HigherEd TechDecisions recently reached out to me for an article that talks about what students are looking for from law schools. The article centers on a rising trend of student disappointment and a drop in enrollment and retention at law schools across the country. At the heart of the article is a conversation among professionals that work in and with institutions of higher learning, including technology service providers and AV programmers, like AVPA. The conversation looked in particular at how best to help law schools address and respond to concerns from students about the ROI on law school attendance.
Jessica Kennedy, who wrote the article for the magazine that focuses on education technologies in the higher education marketplace, asked what solutions are out there that could improve the law school environment for today’s current and prospective students.
Focusing on what I know best, and on what we at AVPA have seen succeed for law school clients like Whittier Law School in Orange County, CA, my recommendation was to invest in technology. As I share in the article, titled “How to Bring Order When Law School is Guilty of Disappointing Students,” today’s students “have had technology in their classrooms since elementary school.” For this reason, students expect to see technology in the classroom when they get to law school. Furthermore, because of their experience with technology both in their academic lives and in their personal lives, the law school students of today have high standards for the kind of technology they have in the classroom. They also have high standards for the types of interaction they have with classroom technology in the law school environment.
As I note in the article, in the context of these expectations, if the “technology is not there [in the classroom], it might have an impact.” And that impact can take the form of disappointment and reconsideration about whether the student’s investment in law school is justified.
The article presents a range of insight on the role of technology and other factors in creating strong environments that build knowledge and confidence, environments that protect the investments and the futures of students and their institutions.
For us at AVPA, we are proud to be part of a culture of technology in education that enhances the learning environment and the individual experiences of students and faculty. It is a point of pride to be sought for comment on conversations of this type by industry-leading magazines like HigherEd TechDecisions.
Read the complete article here.