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The sad thing is that I understand some of the reasoning behind this.

DISCLAIMER: Please read and consider before you hate. Also take into consideration that I fully admit that I am no politician, economist, or educator. These are simply some insights from my personal experience and are in no way set in stone or backed by any sort of research. I’d love to hear your thoughts (agreement and dissent) and highly encourage discussion and interaction, but let us respect each other and do so in a constructive manner.

Higher education (and perhaps the education system in general) is taking a different role in today’s society. I, personally, would like to see a greater emphasis placed on apprenticeship. I’m a student at heart and am all for a well-rounded education, as well as giving students the opportunity to explore and find what they truly want to study. That’s how I found my majors.

However, if it weren’t for so many mandated extra credits (Let’s face it, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science 101 was a great class, but just about the only thing I remember is looking forward to hearing Prof. Martin’s daily “radar” review in his Bostonian accent.), students could still receive an excellent, though perhaps less cultured, education in a shorter period of time and then truly hone their trade under the tutelage of a master. And, yes, I realize part of college is being in college and having fun and that we’re not all rushing to enter the work force. Trust me, I get that. I am mostly addressing the concept of an efficient education as opposed to a cultured one (which, to be honest, is playing devil’s advocate for me because I loved my education).

Again, I’m no economist, but it seems to me that, in an ideal situation, this would allow students to receive a higher education at a lower rate while creating openings for incoming students on a greater rotation. Thus bringing in funds for the University on a shorter cycle, accounting for student population fluctuation and tuition adjustments. As a bonus, an apprenticeship system might relieve some post-grad aimlessness and anxiety.

As for an arena generating employment opportunities (Concessions 101, anyone?) and revenue, yes, it could do that…if people actually attended. Look at Nashville: Half the time, we can’t give tickets away to sporting events. Our arenas basically only reach optimum capacity during BIG name concerts and you just can’t do that all the time; not even in Music City, USA.

What do you think?