Cheap, class-free college degree becoming a reality


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  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 2:03 p.m.

    @ E&EE - That's $6900 a semester, and for a state-run college that's probably pretty accurate.

    On the one hand I can see that advantage of this type of system. Many companies will overlook someone simply because they don't have a degree, though their knowledge and/or experience make them more than qualified. Sadly a degree doesn't necessarily make someone qualified or even adept at their profession.

    On the other hand, I have serious concerns about the heavy focus that seems to be placed on the career-training aspect of college. College is more than just a career-training program, it's supposed to give people an education and expose them to new ideas. I found an interest in things that I never would have, had I not taken courses for them in college. Being college educated (or just more educated in general) enriches us as a society. Unfortunately, our society's sense of culture is being eroded away...

    I do think these test-for-a-degree programs should be distinguished as a professional certification. A college degree should still have its own distinction.

  • E & EE Ann arbor, MI
    Jan. 29, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    $900 a year seems rather low. Is that true or a typo?