The University of South Carolina is proposing a new program which would require all students to have real-world experience before graduating.
According to The State newspaper, “Experiential Learning” would require all students to have 45 hours of some sort of out-of-the-classroom experience before graduating. The Faculty Senate will decide whether to start the program.
Supporters argue the idea is something that could improve a student’s education. However, others are worried it could create hours of extra work and add more costs to continually-rising tuition rates.
The program, if approved, would only apply to new incoming students.
The Student Senate will not have any role in approving the program but will be allowed to issue a resolution in support or disapproval of the program
Some opponents say, if the program is implemented, it could be a burden to students who work full-time in addition to their classwork.