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Recession special gives college degree in three years, not four

Bryan McNulty, director of Communications and Media Relations at Bates, was quoted in a Bloomberg.com story about colleges offering new, three-year programs to students looking to save money. Reporter Janet Frankston Lorin wrote that “while Bates College has offered an option for a three-year degree since the 1960s, only one or two students graduate from the program each year.” The reason, said spokesman McNulty, is that most students want the four-year experience, including about 70 percent who study abroad for a year or semester. At Bates, the debut of the three-year option in the ’60s gave rise to the College’s popular spring Short Term.

Read the Bloomberg.com story here.



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