ERIC Number: ED382124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-20
Reference Count: N/A
Addressing Economic Change through the Three-Year Option.
Lerstrom, Alan C.
A committee at Luther College (Iowa) was appointed to explore the 3-year option for a bachelors degree with regard to curriculum, finances, admissions, and student life. The committee, composed of administrators and faculty from Luther, examined 3-year programs that operate now or are being discussed at several other colleges. They found that these programs have relatively low participation rates, that similar programs begun in the 1970s are now gone, and that, at many campuses, 3-year options may be primarily public relations tools designed to attract students. In examining curriculum and the 3-year option the committee found there would be no change in requirements or increase in faculty size. In examining finances, the 3-year option was estimated to cost 80.05 percent of the 4-year cost and if the college adopted the program it would have to find ways to cope with the 20 percent loss of income from 3-year students. Impact on admissions was found to depend on the number of participating students. With regard to student life, specific problems were not anticipated though students at a 3-year program at Albertus Magnus College (Connecticut) reported a rushed pace of life, erosion of traditions and sense of community, and perception that the school might be a "degree factory." (Contains 14 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Albertus Magnus College CT; Luther College IA
Note: Speech presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (New Orleans, LA, November 20, 1994).