Title

The Three-Year Degree: An Idea Whose Time Will Pass

Document Type

Editorial

Journal or Conference Title

Liberal Education

Volume

96

Issue

4

First Page

52

Last Page

56

Publication Date

Fall 2010

Department

Office of the President

Abstract

As the leader of the nation’s only campus dedicated exclusively to early college, I head an institution that ensures students graduate sooner than the national average. As an academic who pursued my graduate work at Oxford University—an institution that confers most of its undergraduate degrees in three years—I have had direct observation of a successful model of a three-year degree program. Thus, I seem a likely candidate to embrace the recently touted argument for the three-year bachelor’s degree. And yet I have grave doubts about establishing the three-year college degree as the new American standard. ~article excerpt~