Some Say College Students Should Graduate Already

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In a few weeks classes at Valdosta State will be packed with students, and no doubt some of the underclassmen will be starting their fifth or sixth years.

Students say they've seen how these long-term students can cause some classes to overcrowd.

Darius Freeman, a VSU senior, says, "I know some of my chemistry classes have like 93 people in them, and it's hard for the teachers to help one-on-one or to stop and take questions."

That's why over the next year university system leaders will look at what incentives, including money, can be offered to help encourage more students to graduate on time.

Leaders with Georgia's university system say the need to get students out in four years is purely economical. They say that's because they can't get construction crews on campuses fast enough to meet the growing demand.

Underclassman say they like the idea of tuition breaks or cash bonuses just for finishing their degrees on time.

Lindsey Moorer, a VSU sophomore, says, "We're college students, so money is kind of short, so to know that we'd have that kind of goal in the end, that would be great."

Ashley Stephens, a VSU junior, adds, "Of course I would get done on time. I want to do that anyway, but I would certainly love some money if I could graduate on time."

Despite all the student support, it could take a year for the incentives to be implemented in Georgia.

Higher education officials are also struggling to find ways to get students graduated on time, but so far no plans have been announced.