Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Colleges Matter

Ben Miller, The Quick, Apr 16, 2010

It didn't matter that I took five years on my BA because I finished my Masters in one. I took five years mostly because I worked 16 hours a week, and because of the time I spent working on the student newspaper. If colleges want students to finish more quickly, students need to be able to live while studying, and to have quality educational experiences like the student newspaper. As for statistics showing highly selective private colleges have the best completion time, that's like saying that diet programs that select for thin people have the best results (yes, the analogy is from Anya Kamentez's book, which I'm reading now).

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