The College Myth: Why Most Students Need More Than Four Years
According to the present scenario, there is a myth roaming all around about completing graduation in more than 3 or 4 years. In many universities across California it’s difficult for students to graduate on time because of the space limitations in required classes, tuition costs, credits lost when transferring schools and moreover enough courses are not offered to them. A new study shows that the commonly held goal of graduating within four-years is unachievable for a growing number of students.
Four-Year Myth, a report from the national nonprofit, Complete College America, declares that a 4-year degree has become a myth in American higher education. According to the study, the majority of full-time American college students do not graduate on time and it results in costing thousands of extra dollars.
Experts, who have evaluated the statistics, believe into a more realistic benchmark for graduation is six years for a bachelor’s degree and three years for a “two-year” certificate.
It is difficult to maintain a positive view with increasing tuition costs, long shuttles and a disappointing job market for graduates. Due to extra expenses, students do job whether full-time or part-time, just to manage all the expenses along with the studies.
In an ideal world, students would be able to make classes fit into the demands of the rest of their lives. Students are given a day and time to register for classes depending on a number of variables:
- Year of school they are in.
- They are athletes or not.
- There are special programs depending on the disabilities or income level.
We know that education is a way to gain success and better lifestyle, but for many it becomes a hectic cycle.
- Years of debt.
- Unfinished & unsatisfied dreams.
Complete College America suggests a more organized higher education delivery method, called Guided Pathways to Success (GPS), which would provide students with a direct path to graduation. Utilizing GPS, majors are organized into a semester-by-semester set of courses that lead to on time graduation.
Educational Opportunity Program), which also offers priority registration. Both of these programs also provide tutoring, counseling, money for books and guidance.
As a result, these organized programs will help you to complete classes, save money, and provide moral support and will boost your confidence.
According to Complete College America, between 1970 and 2009, undergraduate enrollment in the U.S. has been increased more than two times, while the completion rate has remained unchanged. Clearly, more students are getting admission into college, but not completing their degrees.