Currently, there is a conflation between higher education and vocational training. Typical, four-year degrees are providing both a general education and serving as credentialing frequently required in the workforce. Separating these aspects could provide more tailored services to students based on interest and need.
> more theoretical, less appied
> more applied, less theoretical
With these options offered separately, maybe each as a maximum two-year option, students could mix-and-match based on their own needs. Those who want to work emphasize the vocational while those with the time and interest can dive into the educational.