Receiving a degree requires many credits, and to fulfill those requirements often involves taking classes that aren’t relevant to work. Fulfilling the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree usually requires at least 120 credit hours of classes. Upon graduation, former students realize that much of their undergraduate classes are not relevant to their new job.
This idea would rethink what it takes to receive a degree. More schools should eliminate classes that add no real value to a degree and implement more co-ops, allowing students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience. I would recommend that in a tradition four-year degree program (like a Bachelor’s), students participate in three to four 6-month co-ops. Students that participate in a co-op that replaces a semester should be relieved from paying the semester’s fees. Making co-ops a mandatory part of receiving a degree would allow students to get real-world working experience while drastically reducing the cost of tuition.