UC system to consider three-year degree; other changes

March 24, 2010

The University of California is considering dramatic changes, including offering three-year bachelor’s degrees and enrolling more out-of-state undergraduates. [Los Angeles Times]

On Tuesday, the UC’s Commission on the Future heard a set of ten proposals aimed at making the 10-campus system more efficient. The 26-member commission, established last summer, is composed UC administrators, faculty, students, and business and labor leaders.

Ideas being considered include encouraging some students to complete bachelor’s degrees in three years through extra summer sessions and fewer requirements.  Other suggestions include doubling the number of out-of-state students who pay significantly higher fees, offering more courses online, and charging higher tuition for the more popular UC campuses, including UCLA and UC Berkeley.

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Any of The UC’s Commission on the Future alternatives makes a mockery of itself.

It is better to have your child go to a trade school (which is NOT cheap) than to waste money and precious time in a sub-standard university.

funny, how it takes something like this to get the system to try to fix itself?

If they plan a 3 year degree with fewer requirements, it just might be a good thing… as long as they are cutting the recently added GEB requirements and keeping the rigor.

It’ll be interesting to see where this goes.

Roger Freberg

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