If universities are able to integrate a co-op program as a part of the curriculum, it would provide a great opportunity for low-income students to earn a salary, gain industry experience, and graduate on time. This is currently available at the University of Texas through the Master in Professional Accounting (MPA) program. The success of UT's MPA program should be emulated by other universities as well as other departments at UT.
Students will be able to focus on obtaining industry skills and building a great network with professionals. Therefore, I am proposing for universities to remove unnecessary course requirements from their curriculum that have little impact on student career development and provide co-op programs. If a student is able to save up through the co-op and summer internships, I believe there should be a a substantial reduction in average student loans and debt upon graduation.