This idea is the product of those well-known autocrats, the "small
government unless we want it to be big" crowd, right?
There's benefit to everyone--students, taxpayers, society in general--in
having limits on the time spent in earning degrees. The one downside is that
the number of students earning their way through college will be limited. Those
who are put off by daunting tasks will simply not follow through. That will be
their loss, true, but it will be ours in that some of the best prospects in the
LONG run will be gone. I would've been one of them except for pure
luck. We keep inventing ways to assure that those who have
succeed and those who don't haven't, in a real world, a chance.
That's simply not best for America. Not by a long shot.
That all great and good if you have the funds to just power through. But to
those of us who headed the admonishion of our Mission Presidents to marry when
we returned, this translated in having to work while going to school. I put myself through college. I was married. I had a child. I worked 30
hours a week unloading trucks at UPS. I carried asa many credits as I could,
while maintaining my grades - which usually meant keeping my load to about 12
credit hours. To compensate, I attended university year round. I did this all
the way through my advanced degree.... and did so without incurring any debt.
Any solution that is one size fits all is a bad solution. They look
good on bumper stickers and banners..... but they are not realistic for many
people. Working while going to college isn't an option for many. Forcing
students into debt to meet some prescribed notion of how long it should take.
This is a bad idea.
How about instead, we let each student decide what the right pace is for their
education, depending on their individual circumstances?
Bad idea, take as many credit hours as one can handle and that varies by student
and by age. I started out with 12-14 hours and ended up taking over 20 one
semester later as I was ready and more mature to handle it. For many freshmen
taking a full load might be too much. Plus like redshirt2007 said, it also cuts
down the opportunity for students to work.
It also discourages working adults from going back to college. It discourages
ANYONE who has to make a living while getting an education. Good job, the
welfare class will continue.