"I would put to you that the bachelor's degree, which is what we all think going to college means, is completely inappropriate for the 21st century, every bit as much as what we had in the 18th century was for the 20th."
I am just catching up on my news and I agree with Brookestone. I wonder what Dr. Butler meant by "completely inappropriate". Did he not have to have a four year degree and higher to be the president of a community college? He is wrong to say what he said and he should be called out on his comment and asked to explain! Maybe I am taking it the wrong way, I hope that is the case.
Dr. Butler says, "I would put to you that the bachelor's degree, which is what we all think going to college means, is completely inappropriate for the 21st century, every bit as much as what we had in the 18th century was for the 20th."
What!?!?! Yes, a person can get a job with only a two year degree but the variety of choices is so much wider (and the ability to adapt to change is easier) with a four year degree, not to mention the earning potential.
On a related note I have been distressed to learn that some of the students at VC are now being told they must get their associates degree before they can transfer to a four year university!! A lie!!!
Of course if the college can convince students that they must earn the associates they can claim higher completion numbers, but what does that do for the students who are fully capable of transferring to a quality four year university well before that. I was just reading an article about how successful community college transfer students are doing even at highly selective universities around the country, why would the college president want to hold back those students who are capable of moving on....
It is absolutely true that not every student needs a four year degree, there will always been a need for the one and two year programs, but for someone in Dr. Butler's position to state as fact that a four year degree is "inappropriate" is doing a disservice to the entire community.