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Higher Ed in the News

Why a three-year degree should be the new American standard

October 26, 2009

Professor Robert Zemsky of the Penn Graduate School of Education lays out his argument for a three-year undergraduate degree.

Part of the educational appeal of a three-year degree is that it can help realign what happens in high schools and colleges.

At the same time, the baccalaureate degree isn't the finishing touch it once was: more college freshmen report that they intend to pursue a graduate degree, if not immediately following graduation, soon thereafter. 

Changing higher education means changing what faculty members do, when, and where we do it, and the time it takes both faculty and students to complete their assigned tasks. That kind of change will only come about if change comes to everyone simultaneously.

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