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Saving Higher Education: The Integrated, Competency-Based Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program

ISBN: 978-0-470-88819-3
240 pages
October 2011, Jossey-Bass

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February 29, 2012
San Francisco, CA

Saving Higher Education: The Integrated, Competency-Based Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program

Three-Year Degree Programs Trim College Costs

Saving Higher Education: The Integrated, Competency-Based Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Three-year bachelor's degree programs save both universities and their students time, money, and resources, and this is the only evidence-based book to show you how to create and sustain one.

Sometimes difficult challenges and opportunities for innovation come hand-in-hand, and now is such a time. With colleges and universities under more and more pressure from the government, students, and parents to make higher education more efficient and cost-effective, this book couldn’t be more essential. Based on Southern New Hampshire University’s highly successful integrated, competency-based three-year bachelor's degree program—the longest running in the country—this book provides a blueprint for creating, sustaining, and growing such a program at an institution of any type and size.

The book compares compressed/accelerated three-year degree programs with its competency-based integrated program, showing how its model not only cuts student costs by 25%, but significantly reduces program delivery costs to colleges and universities. The 120-credit six-semester competency-based integrated curriculum approach focuses on student learning as opposed to “seat-time,” and research shows above average academic student success.

The authors address university leaders’ frequently asked questions and myths about three-year degree programs; respond to the European Union’s Bologna Agreement and examine how higher education is being reshaped internationally; and include forms used for curriculum design, academic plans, and data collection. A chapter is devoted to outcomes such as retention and graduation rates, student experiences, employer reactions, accreditation reviews, and achievement on standardized tests, as well as student participation levels in extracurricular activities such as student government and varsity sports.