Southern Utah University has a new three-year bachelor’s degree pilot program that has been approved & funded by the Utah governor and the Utah State Legislature. In this week's episode of Solutions for Higher Education, President Scott Wyatt, Steve Meredith, and Daniel Bishoff discuss how the program works and the innovation behind this introduction.
So, we’re excited to talk about the optional three-year degree program at Southern Utah. So, this…I think one interesting way to start this discussion is this way: the governor, in presenting his proposed budget to the Legislature for this session, included, I think, two things for higher education, just two. One of them was a technology little proposal for Utah State University and the other one was this three-year bachelor’s degree program for SUU.
This is the first time that I know of that the governor has ever mentioned—any governor—has mentioned funding for Southern Utah University specifically. And then the day of the session’s opening, the Speaker of the House mentioned this as well in his speech. So, although this is something that we have responded to a need for and it was our proposal, it kind of became in a way the proposal of the governor and the Speaker of the House because they drove this through the session.
So, what we’re saying is that there’s three semesters and a student that wants to graduate—three semesters per year—and a student that wants to graduate in three years can go for all three semesters. But for a student that has a particular need that would be in the fall or the winter or the spring can choose the semester. So, their opportunities open up dramatically.
A three-year degree is simply doing eight semesters in three years instead of four.
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