College to launch 24 degree programs at accelerated pace in fall 2013

January 15, 2013 | News, UToday, — Languages, Literature and Social Sciences
By Amelia Acuna

Students who attend The University of Toledo beginning fall 2013 will have the chance to earn their degrees in three years thanks to a new pathway being offered in two dozen programs.

Business Hlogo 1c BlackThe College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences will offer all of its majors in a three-year format, enabling students to graduate sooner and at less expense.

The move coincides with a statewide call for accelerated degree programs by the Ohio Board of Regents, but reflects a university-wide commitment to helping students earn a degree in a way that is convenient for them.

“The College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences is thrilled to be among the first to offer degree programs at an accelerated pace,” said Dr. Jamie Barlowe, dean of the College of Languages, Literature and Social Sciences. “Unlike some other three-year degree programs, ours encourages but does not require students to have college credit earned in high school or at another institution. All we ask is that students are well-prepared and motivated since the program is at an accelerated pace.”

Students entering the three-year programs also will have opportunities to test out of courses and to earn credits through prior learning assessment.

According to Barlowe, all requirements stay the same in the three-year program as they are for the four-year track, but at an accelerated pace with students completing some of their classes in an eight-week time span.

“We worked hard to ensure that the quality and integrity of these programs stay the same as it does in the four-year model,” Barlowe said. “We have many support systems in place for our students to succeed. Students who elect this expedited path can expect to have lots of support as they move through their academic journey.”

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