This op/ed originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle on Dec. 27.
When it comes to the idea of timely graduation, the higher education community is deeply divided.
The conflict cuts at the heart of what college is supposed to be. Is it a time of exploration, when young people may chart new paths even if it means a few false starts? Or is it a time of methodical preparation for adulthood and a career — a milestone where completion signals a student is ready to enter the work force or earn an advanced degree?