US lawmakers encouraging three-year degree experiments

From Times Higher Education: “US universities are getting encouragement from federal policymakers to test out three-year bachelor’s degrees, seeing them as a more efficient model, especially for lower-income students. A group of about a dozen institutions has begun a series of experiments with the idea, with some planning to award degrees with fewer than the standard 120 credits, and others to keep the 120 level but offer credit for job-based learning. … A lead organiser of the effort is Lori Carrell, chancellor of the University of Minnesota at Rochester … ‘The retention and completion have to be better than what we have now with the four-year degree,’ she said.”

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