ERIC Number: ED401799
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Ten Strategies and Their Financial Implications for Reducing Time-to-Degree in Texas Universities.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
This report presents background information on possible strategies for shortening degree-completion times at Texas universities. A brief discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of each strategy is presented, along with a rough estimate of the fiscal consequences of each. The report notes that the percentage of students who complete their studies in 4 years declined from 45.4 percent in 1977 to 31.1 percent in 1990. Long times-to-degree increase costs to the state, to students, and to their parents. Numerous causes have been suggested for long degree-completion times including: more part-time students, delays caused by doing remedial course work, reduced availability of required courses, transfer problems, a lowered work ethic, and others. The 10 strategies considered are: (1) require universities to guarantee a specific time-to-degree; (2) reduce credits required for degrees; (3) encourage students to earn college credit while in high school; (4) charge block tuition; (5) use technology/distance education; (6) increase summer school opportunities; (7) provide financial rewards to students who graduate in 3 years; (8) impose surcharge for excessive credits; (9) limit enrollments to required classes; and (10) provide state subsidies only for required courses. (JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas