What College Should Be

People go to college these days for a variety of reasons. Many of those reasons have little to nothing to do with hitting the books. Then, there are others who either lack the funds to attend many colleges are simply don’t have to time, either all at once or until later in life.

Here’s a school that is doing what a college should:

“We don’t care how or where the student learned, whether it was from spending three years in a monastery,” said George A. Pruitt, the college’s president, “as long as that learning is documented by some reliable assessment technique.”

What a concept. A school that seems primarily interested in awarding degrees to people who have shown the necessary proficiency in the studied subjects.

Think of all the money that could be saved (and used for more profitable things) if other colleges were to take a similar approach. Unfortunately, too many schools now seem to exist for the benefit of the faculty, the same faculty which is becoming increasingly difficult to pay as more and more students do the math and figure out that college–as we’ve come to understand it in this country–may simply not be the way to go.

Perhaps what higher education needs is more creative destruction.