Thursday, June 02, 2005


According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 59% of students earning a bachelors degree in 1999-2000 got credits from more than one school. Some of this is due to students first using two-year programs, but 47% of those who began college in a four-year college or university either transferred to another school or co-enrolled in a second institution. This is interesting insofar as many universities spend an inordinate amount of time trying to devise general education curricula that will include attempts to "foster diversity" or "create responsible citizens". Students simply are voting with their feet. (Our university system encourages it.) While no program is without its diversity requirement, students may increasingly learn that not all are created equally odious. Of course, as this process expands, where one receives his or her degree will matter less and less, which may reduce investments in academic distinction; there's no value to branding SCSU with the cachet of academic prestige when many of its students will have taken only half of their credits here.