The public is invited to attend when The Center for Teaching and Learning at Dalton State College screens the PBS documentary “Declining by Degrees: Higher Education at Risk” on Friday, February 18 at 10 a.m. in Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall.
According to Dr. Clint Kinkead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, the 2005 documentary examines the reality of higher education in America in relation to the personal aspirations of millions of individuals and the educational needs of the nation.
The documentary raises sensitive issues and stimulates dialogue on universal topics such as access, cost, quality and workforce readiness, Kinkead said.
“Declining by Degrees” tells the story of higher education in America through the personal experiences of 30 students and teachers, following them from admission through graduation. Among the schools featured are a major state university, a private liberal arts college, a regional public university, and a community college.
The Center for Teaching and Learning provides opportunities for professional development for Dalton State faculty and staff, Kinkead said. The goal of the Center is to enhance student engagement through shared best practices.
“We open this screening up to area educators and others in the community who have special interest in higher education,” Kinkead said. “The documentary is five years old but still spot on as far as the issues confronting us today. It is a provocative story well told; disturbing at times and inspiring at others. We encourage anyone interested to join us.”The screening is free and open to the public; seating in Goodroe Auditorium is first-come, first- served. Those wishing to know more are welcome to call 706-272-4587.