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Free College


   The cost of college education has dramatically increased over the years and has become a serious problem for many families. If nothing is done to resolve the issue, higher education may be beyond what an average person may be able to afford in this country.
Two-Year Bachelor Degree
   One way to reduce the cost of college is to reduce the time that it takes to achieve a Bachelor's degree
to just two years rather than four by eliminating unnecessary coursework.

   For example, Calculus may be a requirement for a Bachelor's degree but how many careers actually require such knowledge to do their job? Not many. Same for Shakespeare, World History, and other subjects that are not specific to the particular discipline.

   Some may say that the extra courses provide an all-around level of education for the student, but that's really just nonsense. Both Master's and Doctorate degrees are focused along a particular discipline, so why not
do the same for a Bachelor's degree?
Open And Free College

   An even better way of solving the cost of higher education is to make college free as a national online program from the Department of Education's website.

   Fully accredited programs would be available with an open-door policy towards admissions (no entrance exam or minimum GPA required). Anyone who wishes to further their education in this country may do so without a hassle and be free of charge.

   There are other advantag
es to having a national online program than just cost. For one, the quality of college education would improve since the Education Dept. would offer what is determined to be the best courses available across all learning institutions. This will ensure that the quality of education offered by the national online program is better than what may be offered by a number of state or local community colleges.

   Another advantage of having a national online program is that students' grades would improve since the college experience will be more accommodating to the student's particular lifestyle. With an online program, the "study-at-your-own-pace" aspect will enable 
students to work a hectic schedule if they wish, travel, start a family, etc., without sacrificing grades by missing exams or being rushed to fit a course's rigid schedule.

   Another adv
antage of an online program is that retention of the learning material would be improved since the student studies the subject in a more relaxed manner, and at their own pace, rather than the typical experience of cramming before an exam (with short-term memory loss).

   Another advantage is that academic disciplines would advance by being more
profitable for the principal investigator/author of the new coursework. Newly added courses may charge a fee of up to 99 cents until the introductory 5-year period expires. After that, the course becomes free of charge for all students thereafter.

   The author who created the new course will receive the fee as reimbursement. So, depending on how popular the new course becomes during the introductory 5-year period, the author could be awarded with perhaps millions of dollars from students nationwide which provides a greater incentive for advancing academic disciplines than current means.

   However, a natural consequence of providing an open and free college program is that other colleges and universities will be unable to compete and end up closing as a result. Though, a campus building or two may remain with the purpose of being converted into a lab if such is necessary for the national program.

   Also, college professors may have to move on to other things or become online tutors. If students prefer a classroom atmosphere, professors may be hired to conduct an online chat room of where the course is presented on a fixed and regular basis. This will provide students with another option if they wish rather than downloading a video and learning by independent self-study.

   Overall, the concern of affording a college education would be a thing of the past if the Dept. of Education offered a free national online program that is open to everyone.
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