2007-04-06

What about students born without silver spoons?

Once again, there is more talk about trying to get university students to graduate in four years:

University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll Davis wants University of Georgia students to complete their classes in four years, and he wants to hit them where it hurts if they don't.

What if you are a student who has to work to support yourself? Without a college degree, with no money from outside sources to meet all your living expenses, and competing in the Athens job market, you have to work a good number of hours, and that cuts into a full time academic schedule. Many students simply can't go to college full time and graduate in four years. This needs to be addressed when this idea is discussed. Since it is not, I sense elitism when I hear these comments. However, Davis' biography shows he is interested in helping students "in need," so what are his expectations exactly?

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