Encouraging a full college class load is a good idea

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  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Nov. 3, 2013 8:56 p.m.

    This idea is the product of those well-known autocrats, the "small government unless we want it to be big" crowd, right?

  • RWSmith6 Providence, UT
    Nov. 2, 2013 7:57 p.m.

    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.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Nov. 2, 2013 6:08 p.m.

    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.

  • E Sam Provo, UT
    Nov. 2, 2013 11:16 a.m.

    How about instead, we let each student decide what the right pace is for their education, depending on their individual circumstances?

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Nov. 2, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    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.

  • redshirt007 tranquility base, 00
    Nov. 2, 2013 7:36 a.m.

    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.