Unmasking the failure of higher education

Universities are not preparing our students for the real world

Kem-Laurin Lubin, Ph.D-C
13 min readJan 21, 2024

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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” — Benjamin Franklin

The mental health crisis among university students is reaching alarming levels, a pressing concern that continues to challenge higher education institutions worldwide. If you are reading this you may already know that the Healthy Minds Study and the National College Health Assessment survey both highlight significant mental health challenges faced by college students during the 2020–2021 academic year. The year of this report also marks the era of the COVID pandemic when rates of mental health cases saw an acute rise.

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According to the Healthy Minds Study, which surveyed over 370 campuses in the United States, more than 60% of college students met the criteria for at least one form of mental health issue. This indicates a considerable portion of the student population grappling with mental health conditions and it is growing.

Furthermore, the National College Health Assessment survey conducted by the American College Health Association revealed that nearly three-quarters of students reported experiencing moderate to severe psychological stress. This level of stress among students underscores the intense pressure and mental health challenges prevalent in academic environments, particularly during the unique circumstances of the 2020–2021 school year.

These findings collectively point towards an urgent need for enhanced mental health support and resources on college campuses to address these widespread issues.

This trend isn’t just a worrying statistic; it’s causing tangible consequences, with increasing numbers of students leaving college due to emotional stress. Our society is facing an unprecedented…

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Kem-Laurin Lubin, Ph.D-C

A Tech Humanist, I write about society, culture, technology, education, & AI. Additionally, I am a villager and live in a small city in Canada.