To the Editor:
The proposal to shorten college programs is really just a revenue-generating technique disguised as educational reform.
Institutions of higher education, especially private colleges and universities, have failed to address cost-containment problems for decades. What we need is not to produce college graduates more quickly, but less expensively, so that fewer people are saddled with the sort of debt that limits postgraduate options so severely.
Providence, R.I., May 25, 2010
The writer is an adjunct lecturer in computer science at Brown University and director of evaluation for Mendele Education, a company that specializes in program evaluation.