Graduating in four years from Brigham Young University as President Rex E. Lee recommends might be easier said than done, students say.
Last week, Lee told students that a third more students could attend BYU if current students earned degrees in two years less than the current six-year average.During a question-and-answer session with the president Thursday, students wondered how they could accomplish Lee's goal.
"While (LDS) Church leaders would not promote delaying marriage or children, are they suggesting that I stop working and go into debt?" Ty Kehoe asked.
Lee said those are personal decisions. But students should consider graduating in four years from a "purely economical standpoint."
"You will lose far more money by staying in school an excess amount of time than you will if you graduate on time," he said. "Don't trade $5 an hour now for a whole lot more down the road."
Some students, however, have to work to stay in school.
Leslie Murphy, who didn't attend the forum, said "because I was working so much I couldn't take as many hours." Lee suggested students enlist their parents' help, obtain loans or attend spring and summer terms to get through school faster.
Students listed several factors that make graduation in four years not feasible. Required classes are difficult to get into, classes in some majors overlap and some departmental graduation requirements surpass the 60-hour standard.
Also, students said the credit hours offered for some classes exceed the amount of time put into them.
Murphy said she puts eight hours - four classroom, four lab - into an interior design class for which she received two credit hours.
Lee agreed those were problems and said the administration is studying them. The responsibility to graduate on time lies with students and the administration, he said.