|Non-degree seeking students include but are not limited
to those seeking to maintain professional certification and licensure,
learn new skills for new jobs, or further their education as part
of a lifetime learning plan. As tax-paying citizens they should
not be dissuaded from attending their State universities.
With respect to the 120+ credit rule, there ought to be guidelines
designed to discourage students from accumulating an excessive
number of credits beyond those needed to meet their educational
objectives. However, the American undergraduate experience tells
us that (1) many students change their major at least once, if
not more than once, (2) it now takes the average undergraduate
5 years to graduate, in stead of 4, (3) some students choose to
pursue multiple majors, and (4) others seek a second degree. Universities
should have the flexibility to compose policies that would take
into account the needs of their students, as well as the needs
of the State.