Graduation is far off goal

By Christa Collins

On Thursday, the Engineering Department will host its
Engineering and Hi-Tech job fair; it will be the largest yet.

Job fairs are always a nice event for students. The ability to
find a job with an employer without even leaving campus is an
appetizing prospect. However, there is this minor detail that
separates each student from his or her dream job.

It’s called graduation. You know that elusive concept that still
seems at least three years away even when you’re in your second
year.

It’s not the fault of the students for taking so long to get a
degree. If there is a current theme in an entire population, it’s
usually another outside factor.

Students have such a difficulty getting into classes. The
department is so impacted, engineering after all is a major that
Cal Poly is known for.

The real kicker is the intricacies of the academic plan. This
factor goes past pre-requisites and co-requisites.

You better not fail an engineering class.

Many majors have a series sequence as part of their academic
plan. Engineering students have multiple. Most classes in these
sequences are only offered once a year, or they must be taken in
consecutive quarters.

I’m all for job fairs coming to campus. However, maybe the
department should also put efforts into moving their students
closer to graduation first.

What a novel idea.

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