The Higher Education Pitfall

Wasting Credits Leads to Wasteful Debt

As the national student debt total balloons to $1.2 trillion, solutions are required. One such solution comes in the form of accelerated learning programs such as dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate courses, which allow students to earn college credit while they are still in high school. This provides an avenue for students to complete college early, take fewer credits at the college level, and ultimately save themselves from enormous amounts of debt that would likely encumber them as they entered the workforce. Taking full advantage of these programs, however, is often disrupted by institutions that deny or limit the transfer of these credits, which can result in redundancy of education and the loss of cost-saving benefits. This Note analyzes current programs, institutions of higher education, and policy solutions. This Note then argues that a uniform standard must be implemented for all colleges and universities which rewards college-bound students for successful completion of college-level courses by equally granting them credits based on their level of achievement and how that can most effectively be achieved. Such changes will enhance equality of access to programs and acceptance of credit by all universities.

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