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Subject:  Re: WSJ: $10K College Degree Date:  10/8/2012  3:35 PM
Author:  AmericanIdle Number:  867905 of 890181

Professors have to have enough students in their classes to pay their way. And while I understand that one of the points of tenure is to free professors to do research and write books and so on, giving tenure to people who can't pull in enough students to pay the heating bill for the classroom indicates that some schools need to re-examine their thinking on the matter.

I teach at a public college - one of the least expensive in my state by the way. We are in the process of developing an inexpensive degree program in my field and just developed a joint degree program with a nearby Very Expensive Private University.

In a few cases there were five or six students in a class, and that would be the only class the professor had.

Some of my classes are very small - often less than 10 students - but there are many good reasons for this - it seems that people actually *want* underprivileged kids to have a chance at a