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John Trautman, Fargo, Published September 28 2013

Letter: Tough decisions had to be made

Although one never likes to hear that they are “being asked to retire,” Minnesota State University Moorhead should be commended for taking the proper steps in ensuring a commitment to higher education. It is my belief that as a nation we have the education system completely wrong. Most people feel that it is their right to acquire a bachelor’s degree from a four-year university/college.

First of all, college education is a privilege, not a right. With those privileges come responsibilities and expectations. It is a large financial investment that all too often ends in failure. It is estimated that only 22 percent of college freshmen from 2013 will graduate in four years. Although the numbers show significant improvement when you extend that to six years with 51 percent graduating, by extending graduation two more years, however, you have increased the cost of education by at least $20,000.

I must commend MSUM President Edna Szymanski for making the tough decision to decrease enrollment and making education a higher priority than fiscal success.