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ERIC Number: ED076097
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Pages: 8
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Report on Time-Shortened Degree Program.
Magill, Samuel H.
Since January 1971, a number of colleges and universities have announced time-shortened degree programs. In the interest of examining and clarifying the various approaches to and understanding of time-shortened degrees, this brief analysis is offered. There appear to be 4 approaches to the reduction of time spent on the way to the B.A. degree, one of which is the more usual reduction through compression without any fundamental change in degree requirements. The other major approaches involve such methods are (1) reduction through the award of advanced standing with credit; (2) reduction of the elapsed time required for a secondary diploma and a bachelor's degree by cooperation between high schools and colleges; and (3) reduction through a revision of degree requirements. Such time-shortened degrees do have their problems, however. These include: (1) possible crippling of general education; (2) a danger of continued emphasis on time-serving and credit accumulation rather than competence and personal development; (3) the anticipated savings may be illusory; and (4) the potential fiscal perils in the private sector are great. (HS)
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Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.