KRCU Public Radio to Broadcast ‘Tomorrow’s College’ Series

by News Bureau on Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2011

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 28, 2011 — KRCU Public Radio at Southeast Missouri State University announces plans to broadcast American RadioWorks’ “Tomorrow’s College” series as part of its Documentary and Specials offerings Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. beginning Oct. 2.

The series examines major challenges facing America’s higher education system.

Sunday, Oct. 2 Everyone knows there is a high school dropout problem in the United States, but the college dropout rate is worse. Nearly a quarter of American adults started college but did not finish – about 37 million people. Now they are being left behind in an economy increasingly focused on workers with degrees.

Sunday, Oct. 9 In an increasingly competitive global economy, the best jobs go to highly skilled workers who can think well and learn fast. Are today’s college graduates up to the challenge? Many experts say no. In this program, American RadioWorks producer Emily Hanford explores how traditional approaches to teaching are failing to provide many college students with the knowledge they need. We hear the unexpected story of how a group of physicists became concerned about what their students were learning, what they did about it, and how their work is influencing a new generation trying to reinvent college so students really learn.

Sunday, Oct. 16 The most popular college major in America these days is business. Some students think it doesn’t pay to study philosophy or history. But advocates of liberal arts programs say their graduates are still among the most likely to become leaders and that a healthy democracy depends on citizens with a broad and deep education. In this program, American RadioWorks’ Stephen Smith examines how a form of higher learning unique to the United States is responding to the demands of the 21st century.

American RadioWorks (ARW) is the highly acclaimed documentary unit of American Public Media. Its hour-long specials provide in-depth reporting on education and opportunity.

As the area’s source for diverse musical programming and award winning NPR news, KRCU strives to continuously excel in providing the highest quality public radio programming to southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University on 90.9 FM in Cape Girardeau and 88.9 FM in Farmington and Ste. Genevieve.