What are the Major Obstacles to success for college students in USA?
Education plays the most important role in a country’s economy and prosperity. That is the reason that people are always keen to achieve higher educational goals to take the most benefits of its importance. But at the same time, many people still face different problems and obstacles in attaining their educational goals. This passage will describe some of the problems that international students face during their education especially in the United States of America.
The major problem for international students in the United States is both the competitive admissions as well as high expenses. Most of the international students belonging to developing and underdeveloped countries have very few funding opportunities from their home countries. The other issue is that they have to pay international student fee which are usually much more than the local students. US universities also provide very little funding in some cases and most of the students have to do part time jobs to afford their studies and living in States.
International students face another big problem which is change of culture and environment for them. For international students, the big challenge is not only because of the new culture of US but also immigrants from around the world having very different cultures. Thus a student has to face language and culture problems. It is very difficult to adjust in the new cultures, values and environment and living away from home. This makes it difficult for them to complete their studies easily.
International students from many countries speak English as a second language. For majority of the students, it is very hard to understand the new local accent English especially the listening and speaking part of this new language. All these problems require education system in the US to focus and work on the problems of international students in the United States.
Teacher Evaluation in Higher Education
Teachers are called the builders of the nation because they are the ones who are responsible for educating the nation. Due to this reason it is very important to evaluate teachers on standard criteria to make sure they good teachers are selected/promoted. In the following passage, based on my experience and exposure, I describe the teacher evaluation procedures that should be used to evaluate teachers in higher education.
A teacher in higher education must be evaluated for several factors like his or her research experience, research productivity, teaching style, quality of assessment that he/she uses, the way of interaction that he/she has with the students and many more. For this purpose, the researchers often talk about 360 degree evaluation to be the most effective. 360 degree evaluation means that a teachers’ performance must be evaluated all those who are involved and who are in close interaction with the teaching responsibility of that teacher and who are surrounding that teacher in the educational setup.
When it is decided that who will evaluate the teacher, the next question is what are the best ways and tools to evaluate the performance of a teacher and what factors should be considered while evaluating a teacher for his/her performance.
In my view, students must be allowed to evaluate their teacher based on how he/she understands and accommodates different learning requirements of students because every students comes from a different social and economic background and culture. Is the teacher capable of providing a comfortable environment for all students to learn and raise questions if they have? Similarly, teacher must also be evaluated by his/her colleagues/peers as well as the immediate boss. Peer evaluation helps provide an expert opinion on the performance of the teacher. peer evaluation also helps to evaluate the team skills because every teacher is part of a team.
In conclusion, teachers’ evaluation requires a careful consideration of many critical factors as well as opinion of many people before deciding on the performance of a teacher. The process and tools must not only be quantitative but it also requires to consider qualitative interventions in order to make teachers’ evaluation more reliable.