Abilities & Experience VS Credit Hours Yes, when a person clearly demonstrates they have the ability to perform certain duties with their background experience and notable areas of strength yet is refused the opportunity because they don't have a degree or a particular number of credit hours, this is discrimination. A college degree may very well help equip someone to perform a particular job but to suggest it is the ONLY way one becomes capable to perform the duties is ludicrous. Especially when working in human services. Rightfully a degree is not required to, for example, work as a direct care aide. Yet a degree is necessary to determine a consumer's qualifications to receive aide? It takes a college degree to go over a list of state eligibility requirements and advise consumers as to services available to them? No. Should the supervisors over service coordinators require a degree? Perhaps... IF they do not have supervisory experience. Experience with and in a field is more of a well rounded, solid education than college courses offer. Is it nice if one additionally has a college background behind their personal talent, personality traits and experience with a field? Certainly. But necessary? Only if you're a specialist like a doctor or accountant where you must learn very important information that cannot be acquired via experience. A surgeon should absolutely be required to have a medical degree. A pilot should absolutely be required to have the necessary education. But school teachers, for example, should only need to demonstrate the ability to teach and oversee a classroom. College may enlighten a born-to-be teacher and give some insight as to ideas and options. But how many teachers out there who have the degrees are quality teachers? You either have it... Or you don't. This is a prime example of the absurd emphasis placed on formal education and shows how it's merely a money making racket forcing people to pay for extraordinary educations that don't necessarily equip them for a job and disqualifying people who were born for the same jobs if they didn't buy into the whole structured college mandate. It's as discriminatory as any other form of discrimination.