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The Degree in Three

Link: The Degree in Three

A New York Times Op-Ed arguing that the four-year degree is a wasteful relic that ought to be condensed to three years.  Ezra Klein’s Washington Post blog talked about it, too. 

edustir being cutting-edge had this discussion back in September.

I still think this is a good idea on balance, but doing it citing the rising costs of higher education are a bad catalyst for this type of change. There’s no talk of the possibility of eroding educational quality or the fact that according to the National Center for Education Statistics 69% of college students earned their bachelor’s degree in less than five years. I guess I wonder how that number would change if we shortened the route to the degree? Would it automatically decrease over time? One would think, but I think it opens up more questions than it answers.