Could agree with you more Jessica. Letting the people with their feet on the ground and walking the halls should have some say in how the students are taught and the expected outcomes of the classes. A Ph.D. or masters in the subject should count for something.
Nontraditional students are mostly the best college students I dealt with during my 9 years in I attended college. Yes I technically went from 2001 to 2016, but I was a drop out from 2002 to 2007.