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This is an interesting concept but I have to wonder how this plan would actually play out in real life. People all learn differently, and many people struggle in school not because they aren't committed, but because perhaps they're taking a class that's a little harder for them or that focuses on something they've never been taught before. At the same time, someone else could be enrolled in the same class as the student who is struggling and perhaps they're taking it because they know they can breeze through it - maybe they've always been a math whiz and they figure they can just keep taking classes that feel easy for them and then will get to pay less.

I just wonder if this may hurt the students who need the most help and leave them with the most debt. And would this make students less interested in taking challenging classes, classes that might be out of their normal comfort zone?

I do think it's a very thought provoking idea, though, and would certainly be interested to hear what other people think. I'm just having a hard time wrapping my mind around it entirely!

(And oops, now that I've written this out I see that students would have to sign up for the program, so that changes the situation a bit. Still, I do wonder if it would encourage students to stay within a "safe" zone in terms of classes, and if it could still harm those who work really hard but may not always get the easy A.)

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Elisabeth commented on Re-thinking Liberal Arts (Updated 11/14/15)

I think this is an interesting idea - although I didn't declare a major until halfway through college, so I guess it wouldn't have necessarily worked well for someone as undecided as I was! Seems like the biggest struggle would be to figure out how a system like this would actually be implemented - do you think the incentive is great enough for the companies to agree to help pay for tuition?

I could see this working for a specific internship/fellowship program with a company that has a longstanding relationship with a university (like an established Penguin Press Fellowship or something), but if each student is going out and finding whatever internships they want from random companies, that's a lot of organizations that will have to be persuaded to get on board.

Intriguing, though!

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Elisabeth commented on GO COMMUNITY (Updated 12/07/2015)

I love this idea, Izabela, and thanks for calling attention to the existing agreement between California community colleges and UC/CSU schools. It seems to me that this partnership between community colleges and universities is really key to getting rid of some of the community college stigma and encouraging more high school students to consider community college.

As someone who grew up in California and ended up at a UC, I don't think enough emphasis was placed on community college as a viable option when I was in high school. While I recall people saying that transferring after two years would be a possibility, I think that if there had been more explanation on the partnerships between community colleges and universities it would have made it seem like a fantastic alternative.

I hadn't heard about the 2015 agreement, thanks for the info! Seems like a great idea.