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Published: Monday, Jan. 28 2013 10:25 a.m. MST

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E & EE
Ann arbor, MI

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

West Jordan, UT

@ 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.

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