Will a 2 year degree make more economic sense to Universities and Students?
Verbal rumblings for accelerated degrees are being heard loud and clear in the governement offices of Whitehall. The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, will imminently report on this.
He suggests that cutting down the length of 3 year undergraduate degrees will substantially cut operating costs for Universities and living and tuition costs for Students, substantially reducing their debt. This will mean using the long summer vacation as a fourth term.
However, some Universities that run laboratory-based courses are identifying problems with this. Such courses engage staff and students in this type of research and teaching activity during the holiday period. Will this also increase workload on lecturers and limit their own academic interaction globally?
Is this is a good move or do a lot of students rely on the long summer vacation to earn vital income as well as acquiring valuable work experience?
Does this make sense to you - What are your thoughts………………..?