Frederick R. Kellogg '64, former freshman adviser at Harvard, launched an attack against the present four-year Bachelor of Arts program in an article in this week's Harvard Bulletin, reflecting a growing dissatisfaction with the inadequacies of American higher education.
Describing the four-year degree as "a tremendous source of discrimination in our society," Kellogg proposed that colleges grant the bachelor's degree after two years of study.
Last week the Carnegie Commission and the report of several members of the Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE) also denounced the four-year bachelor program and suggested a three-year A. B. program to extend educational opportunities to a larger portion of society.
B. A. Mystique
Kellogg accused the "mystique of the bachelor's degree" of contributing to job discrimination. "Because college is so expensive, it contributes much to other forms of discrimination which work against the less wealthy," he added.
With only two years rather than four, "existing college facilities could be equally available to all high-school graduates."
The savings of a two-year system would solve the financial crisis in higher education, especially since individual students could begin "to assume the full cost of college."
Rick Tilden '71, co-author of the CUE proposals, said that today's student could not get both "depth and diversity" in a two-year program. "When all the Sesame Street kids reach college age, people will probably begin to leave college early by the age of twenty," he added.