Comments by Visduh


Professor, I think you are ignoring or overlooking some things in our culture and economy that don't support the idea of spending six years on a bachelor's degree. There are two costs, the first being the actual cost of attending a university for added years. The second is opportunity cost, that of foregone income due to the delay in starting a career. Many young people are raring to get started on a career and find it frustrating that they spend even four years getting that degree that opens the doors for consideration. Years ago I had a cousin who possessed one of those terminal degrees you describe, and she expressed mild horror at the notion that getting that first degree took even four years. She advocated cutting it to three (or even fewer) years by taking a heavy load each term and also going at it full-time during the summer. To her that degree was just a hurdle that had to be cleared prior to getting into real, serious graduate or professional study. So, what's the rush? Many or most students can't benefit from that living "life a bit" or working "in reality." Instead for many it is just a period of extended adolescence that burns up some of the best years of their lives, and delays the progression of life to household formation, marriage, and child bearing and raising. One of my sons, a law school grad and practicing attorney, calls the bachelor's degree "the new high school diploma" as far as how society values it. If that is all it means career-wise, then it needs to be tackled seriously and completed in the four years allotted.
— December 18, 2014 9:09 a.m.

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