We've got to find ways to do it.
One way is to create a three-year bachelor's degree. Don't call it "college degree lite." Call it "the professional degree."
I love the liberal arts. For those of you who care about these things, I cling to the Trivium and the Quadrivium.
But the ancient and honorable concept of the liberal arts is not for everyone.
Here's a take on this from Jonathan Last, in The Wall Street Journal online, Feb. 2, 2013:
"Since 1960, the real cost of goods in nearly every other sector of American life has dropped. Meanwhile, the real cost of college has increased by more than 1,000%.
"If college were another industry, everyone would be campaigning for reform. Instead, politicians are trying to push every kid in America into the current exorbitantly expensive system. How could we get college costs under control? For one, we could begin to eliminate college's role as a credentialing machine by allowing employers to give their own tests to prospective workers.
"Alternately, we could encourage the university system to be more responsive to market forces by creating a no-frills, federal degree-granting body that awards certificates to students who pass exams in a given subject."
That's what I'm talking about: the professional degree.