PROBLEMS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: GRADUATE PROGRAM, SELECTION OF PROGRAM, PREDICTOR OF SUCCESS
Previously, the major function of higher education in all over the world was to prepare the work force for productive contribution in society but now, it is more focused to equip individual with knowledge, skills and competencies to meet the future demands of global knowledge economy. Developing country like Pakistan needs to sheer focus on contemporary trends and issues in higher education, in order to produce individual with the capabilities that make them able to adapt the future challenges. Hence, the aim of this study is to identify the problems that students are facing in higher education from the selection to the success in graduate program. Researcher adopted qualitative methodology to conduct the study and used purposive sampling technique to collect data. For this purpose, eight participants selected, who were experienced and permanent faculty members of a public sector University. Structured Interview Protocol developed to collect information from the participant. The interview was audio recorded by keeping in view the ethical consideration. The audio data transcribed and analyzed through thematic approach. Findings revealed that a career prospect is the most important factor in selecting the course of study. The other factors which influenced the decision-making process in graduate program are parental pressure and lack of knowledge about the field of study. Further, it was found that due to lack of mentoring and career counselling programs students cannot predict their success for the future in graduate program.