Sunday, December 21, 2014

Professor floats idea of three-year B.A. to cut college costs - JASON SONG, LA Times

In theory, it's a simple idea. With the cost of attending college rising, why not reduce the typical time for a bachelor's degree from four years to three? That's the proposal floated by Johns Hopkins University professor Paul Weinstein in the latest edition of the Progressive Policy Institute. In his paper, Weinstein found that a four-year degree at a public school costs, on average, $35,572 in 2013. A three-year degree at a similar institution would cost $26,679 — a 25% savings. Weinstein's idea isn't original. Some campuses, including Bates College in Maine and Wesleyan University in Connecticut, have instituted similar programs, but widespread implementation is rare, Weinstein said. http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-tuition-column-20141210-story.html

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