I want to pose a question do we need these institutions at the levels we have them, I will note this is simply going to be a case for debate and for students who traditionally go to them not should so many students go. Now lets assume that for the purpose engineering and scientific purposes to train our best minds in the state of the art of our knowledge in these areas and apply them and include professions who must go and I mean must (lawyers, medical doctors and nurses high up in the profession). That leaves business, arts, humanities and social sciences of all kinds. Now why do you need Higher Education for these as they are? Artists can go to Art Schools and don't most master art by doing fine artists well work on their art and if good can earn a living at it, musicians practice music and actors act and there are workshops and specialty options for this. So why college with four years and majors for these save specialty elite schools. Next business well okay business schooling in practical skills can be useful accounting, computer use, etiquette, languages and well you get the idea so again why a college with other unneeded content including I will argue statistics and algebra since computers do much of this automatically. That leaves other things like English, Philosophy, Gender Studies and toss in all the rest this is the INFORMATION AGE you can read the Great Works on the internet, learn history from videos and other content, gender studies, sociology and methodology and tons of other areas without any cost save access for FREE. A modern Philosopher could learn all they want on-line, set up a web site, go on forums, have a debate club and other sources to think thoughts and for FREE or low cost. Same for most other areas if one is motivated from the start and inquisitive minds would be. And again it would be cheap or free in most cases. And could undo the indoctrination and biases of professors influencing those scholars so inclined to work on areas. I'm not sure of Archeology and limited other areas once can do those by self-learning but others might argue a formal education might work best to get a series of skills but didn't people do these before formal majors and studies? Well that is what I want to debate could we eliminate many schools and focus the rest on key areas of human knowledge, restructure other options two to three year schools in business and other areas, with an eye to practical skills over theory and the rest abandon or do other options. I'm not opposed to Philosophers having societies to promote that and provide lecturing and structure for an example but why degrees that's my point especially with this being largely useless to society as far as work goes. Lawyers could go to schools to study that without college to say a four year law school, time working in a paralegal capacity and doing more scholarship using lectures and self-study then apply for the bar to be a lawyer doing licensed work cutting out a bachelors degree altogether. Under new models as well but keep the schools just add a year if deemed necessary.