Thursday, May 27, 2010
New York Times op-ed, A Degree in Three
, by Stephen Joel Trachtenberg
(President Emeritus, George Washington University) & Gerald Kauver (Professor, George Washington University):
Over the next few weeks more than half a million students will graduate from American colleges, the vast majority with at least four years of campus life behind them. Indeed, the assumption that it takes four years to get an undergraduate education — or three to get a law degree, or four to get a medical degree — lies at the center of the American university system.
That assumption needs to change. The college experience may be idyllic, but it’s also wasteful and expensive, both for students and institutions. There is simply no reason undergraduate degrees can’t be finished in three years, and many reasons they should be.
(Hat Tip: Ann Murphy.)