The University of Massachusetts is joining a growing trend by designing a program that will allow students to earn a degree in three years as a way of making college more affordable.
Provost James Staros says there have always been some students who take on a heavy course load as a way to graduate early, but this fall freshmen majoring in economics, music, and sociology will be able to join the three-year degree track.
He says eventually, the three-year option will be available to students in one-third of the Amherst campus' 88 majors.
He tells The Boston Globe that under the program, highly focused students entering with enough Advanced Placement credits will be able to design a three-year course of study with the help of advisers. That course may include online and summer classes.
This program aired on September 27, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.