Ohio House Bill 153 requires availability of 3-year degrees

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Ohio public universities had until Monday evening to outline courses to help students earn a bachelor’s degree in three years.

Ohio House Bill 153 required Ohio public colleges and universities to make three-year degrees available for 10 percent of their majors on Monday; 60 percent must be completed by June 2014.

“Shaving off that year of time saves you money, and the chancellor is very focused on completion of degrees, and this is one more tactic to make it a little easier to map out pathways,” said Kim Norris, director of communications for the Ohio Board of Regents.

OU students will still have to complete as many classes as those earning a four-year degree, said Ann Fidler, chief of staff for the provost and chief financial officer.

Students would need to enter OU with at least 30 semester credit hours to graduate in three years, Fidler said.

“The most important thing is that students interested in trying to get a degree in three years should work with an adviser,” Fidler said.

Before coming to college, students who are interested in graduating early should consider taking more Advanced Placement classes and post-secondary courses, Norris said.

“There’s just a bigger push from the state to try to alert students to this at the university level and go about thinking in a new way,” Fidler said.

Every public university was required to build a website surrounding its prospective plans. All sites are listed on the Board of Regents’ website.

OU’s website warns that it would be unlikely that a student could switch majors and still graduate in three years.

“Most plans require students to take summer classes, so proper financial-aid planning should be considered,” the site states.

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Kim Norris was previously misquoted as saying, “Shaving off that year of time saves you money, and the channel is very focused on completion of degrees, and this is one more tactic to make it a little easier to map out pathways.” Channel has been changed to chancellor.

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