While listening to the radio the other day, I heard an advertisement for CenturyLink’s 5 year price lock in that attempted to compare how long of time that is to something we deal with every day. What did they compare it to? Your kid could graduate from college in that time….. or they could graduate in 7 years. That was supposed to be the funny part, but it totally distracted me from whatever they were trying to sell me after that point because I was slightly stunned that 5 years is now how long a Bachelors Degree is “supposed” to take.
Over the generation from my older sibling to my youngest siblings going through college (in a span of just over 10 years) the expectations of how long getting a degree has added on a complete year. Do I think that they are getting a better education or the requirements are becoming more stringent? Absolutely not. Even though the average college student is taking much longer to complete their degree they are actually doing less to get the same piece of paper.
Are the College students getting lazier? The professors? Or is it a problem with lowered expectations across the board? Maybe, I am unfairly picking on younger generations due to their perceived laziness? What do you think?