Steve Balch, president of the National Association of Scholars, likes to say that we don’t so much have higher education any more, as longer education. Going to college for many students doesn’t entail anything that bears much resemblance to demanding intellectual work. They’re just there, at considerable expense which falls mostly on other people, to enjoy the “beer and circus” atmosphere while accumulating enough course credits to be entitled to a diploma.

The TLC at UNC-G is pretty good evidence for the accuracy of Steve’s observation.