What's Wrong with College? 

Executive Summary


1. It should take only 6 months, Monday through Friday, 9-hour days of classroom time, to earn a 120-credit hour bachelor’s degree from any traditional college or university in the United States.  The problem is that no college or university offers courses on the basis of a regular work week. Who do you suppose benefits from the current system? Not the students or parents who foot the bill.


2. It should take only 6 weeks of 9-hour days, Monday through Friday (1 and a half months) to earn a master's degree from any traditional college or university in the United States.  However, no school offers such a schedule.


3. It takes only 12 weeks of 9-hour days, Monday through Friday (3 months), to earn a doctoral degree (except medical doctor) from any traditional college or university in the United States. The problem is that no school offers such a schedule.


4. A 3 credit hour course converts to 27 clock hours in the classroom.


5. In reading the details below, note the difference between credit hours and clock hours.


The Details


Bachelor Degree MYTH


It takes 120 credit hours and 4 years to earn a Bachelor degree from a traditional state or private university.


Bachelor Degree TRUTH


It takes 120 credit hours typically, but it should not take 4 years. The only reason it takes 4 years is because the clock hours actually spent in a classroom are spread over 4 years.  The rest of the time is consumed by sports, social activities, vacations, fraternity and sorority functions, and for the convenience of professors who only teach 5 hours per week.  Students and parents do not benefit from this system. 


A 3-credit hour class meets approximately 3 times per week for 45 minutes for 12 to 15 weeks. This is a total of 135 minutes per week for, let's say, 12 weeks. One hundred and thirty -five-minutes equals 2 hours and 15-minutes times 12-weeks equals 27 hours of classroom time. Twenty-seven hours of classroom time could be concentrated into three 9-hour days, like a regular work day for most people.


In a typical 120 credit hour bachelor’s degree program, on average, 40 courses are taken over 4 years assuming each is a 3-credit hour course.


If classroom time is condensed to three 9-hour days, and there are 20 work days of Monday through Friday each work week, we know that 40 courses times 3 days per course equals a total of 120 days in the classroom for an entire bachelor’s degree program.

Assuming four 5-day work weeks per month, how many months would it take to complete a bachelor's degree program?


Answer:  SIX MONTHS, not 4 years!


This calculation is the reason that a traditional education at a state or private university is a scam on the public. The truth is that it should only take approximately 20 work days per month for six months to complete the required classroom hours for a bachelor's degree (120 credit hours). Why do some accrediting bodies insist that it must take 4 years? Because the current system serves itself and not students!


Master's Degree MYTH


A typical master's degree program is 30 to 45 credit hours and it takes one to two years to earn the degree.


Master's Degree TRUTH


We already know from the bachelor's calculation above that each 3-credit hour course takes approximately 27 hours of classroom time. This is three 9-hour days. Question: How many work days does it take to earn a 30-credit hour master's degree?


Answer:  Six Weeks not 1 to 2 years!


(Ten courses times three 9-hour days. Three-days times ten courses equals thirty days). Assuming 20 work days per month, Monday through Friday, it takes approximately 1 and a half months to do the classroom time to earn the Master's degree. (30 credit hours)


Doctoral Degree MYTH


It takes years to earn a PhD degree from a traditional state or private university.


Doctoral Degree TRUTH


It shouldn't but it does.

Answer: 12 months


From the above calculations, we know that the course work for a doctoral degree should take no more than 3 to 12 months to complete (60 to 90 credit hours).