There was a time when this was roughly possible:
But, at my school, where well over half of the current expenses, and essentially all of the capital expenses, are funded by taxpayers — the big push is to get everyone to graduate in less than 6 years. I’m all for students knowing what they want to do, and getting through college in 4 years (like I did). But it seems to me that the motivation these days has nothing to do with making the students better off when pushing them through quicker.
And the professors — who are supposed to engage in life-long learning — are increasingly pushers of assessment paperwork. And the lack of quality control on that paperwork is stunning.
From the November 13, 2012 Doonesbury.