November 20, 2014
The Wall Street Journal featured Southern New Hampshire University in its article “New on Campus: The 3-Year Degree” by Melissa Korn. Korn discusses how in order to combat rising college costs and student debt, more schools are offering a time- and money-saving idea: a three-year bachelor’s degree. She explains that most of these degrees are compressed or accelerated, where students take more classes in a semester, and often at the expense of otherwise full involvement in campus life as well as summers off.
Unlike these other programs, however, Korn writes, “Southern New Hampshire University found a new way when it revamped its course content for a three-year honors program in 1997. It squeezed out multiple introductions to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, for instance, said Robert Seidman, a retired professor of computer information technology who helped spearhead the program. SNHU created a six-semester system that incorporated more nontraditional coursework and faculty assessments to award credits. Korn quotes Seidman’s description of the program: ‘We tore the curriculum down, brick by brick, competency by competency, and then we reassembled it in a coherent way.’ Due to the success of the honors program, SNHU’s business school has already rolled out 10 of its majors in this new program.
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