Graduating on time does not have to be a struggle
Let’s tell the truth, almost no one gets their bachelor’s degree in four years anymore.
That’s why super seniors exist, college students who take five or more years to complete their “four-year degree.”
And what can anyone expect when you can’t expand an 168-hour week, and have an essential need to sleep.
According to the University, more than 80 percent of SF State students take classes full time, a minimum of 12 units each semester. Three units can mean up to nine hours per week of outside class work. For 12 units that’s up to 36 hours a week of homework, and about 10 hours of class time.
That leaves only 122 hours of free time a week. Get a part-time job, subtract 30 hours, and all that is left is about 13 hours a day. Take away the eight hours of suggested sleep, and you’re left with five hours to eat, be merry and get the required reading done on the toilet.
Too bad for the students who have to commute.
If the CSU system could lower tuition, then maybe the part-time job could be subtracted.
The recent 22 percent tuition increase doesn’t make anything easier or faster for anyone on a college schedule.
Each semester, students cram into classes to see if they can even get a seat in their major courses. Unable to get those classes, students often end up taking classes that don’t pertain to their degree paths just to meet the minimum units to maintain residency and financial aid benefits.
In 2010, of the 2,649 classes offered, more than half had more than 30 students, according to University 2010-2011 class data set.
More students pack into the classroom as the number of professors lowers.
From 1991 to 2010 the percentage of tenure-tracked professors in the CSU system dropped by 14.2 percent.
Yet the number of students in CSUs has only dropped by about one percent.
With so many students in class, maybe the system can just skip faculty in the classroom altogether and we can start teaching each other.
One out of 30 plus students should know the ancient history of Mesopotamia.
The super senior label seems to fit just right because facing more than four years these challenges does create a type of academic superstar.
Here are some tips to quicker graduation from the Xpress seniors:
-Freshmen: Get your GEs out of the way but have a clear plan as to what your major and minors are so that the classes you choose all have an impact on your ability to graduate faster.