JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State University announced a new degree program Sept. 29th that will help save students time and money.
It's called Degree in 3 and is exactly what it sounds like.
It's all about getting the undergraduate degree in 3 years.
More than 20 degree plans are included in this program.
Provost Lynita Cooksey said this 3-year degree could be appealing to those in high school with concurrent credit or to students that want to speed up the college track to either get to the work force or get closer to graduate study.
Cooksey said those with scholarships will especially like this.
"The other nice thing from an academic perspective is if they finish a semester or 2 semesters early and they still have scholarship dollars left, then those scholarship dollars can be used to do some graduate school," Cooksey said. "So it will actually jump start their graduate study."
Cooksey said Degree in 3 allows for students to take full summer terms along with fall and spring semester classes.
Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Rick Stripling said the 3-year plan can also help save families money as far as living expenses are concerned.
"One of the keys to it is, it's not something that takes away from the experience of campus life," Stripling said. "A lot of students enjoy, who actually figure in the equation, think about a school they want to go to. So it doesn't take away from that, it actually can be value added."
The 3-year program still allows for students to be involved in leadership opportunities, sports, arts, study abroad, Greek life, and other campus organizations.
A-State officials said Degree in 3 is really just another way the university is trying to accommodate the needs of all students.
For more information on Degree in 3 visit astate.edu.
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