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Doane Announces New Programs With a Three-Year Degree Option


CRETE, Neb. – Last spring, Doane College became the first private liberal arts and sciences college in Nebraska to offer three-year programs in computer science, history and mathematics. Today, Doane announced the addition of biology, chemistry and journalism & media as new options to complete in three years, saving eligible undergraduates money on the cost of their degree and giving them an extra year of earning power through the college’s Three-Year Graduation Program.

 

Students must apply for the three-year degree program, and eligibility and acceptance are based on high school grade point average, ACT/SAT scores and credits earned prior to enrollment.

 

For those committed students who fit this option, faculty have created intensive academic plans with a three-year course schedule. It can save students thousands of dollars by replacing the cost of an extra year of college with an extra year of income or getting students that much closer to graduate or professional school.

 

“If you want more bang for your buck, this is the way to do it,” said Andrea Holmes, chemistry professor at Doane. “College education is brutal in terms of price. I hope students will take the opportunity and embrace that it’s a nontraditional way of getting a college degree.”

 

Degree programs have not been modified or reduced in any way. Instead, Doane has thought progressively about how students can meet requirements at a faster pace. Students will take classes in fall, spring and summer depending on the program and the number of credits students transfer.

 

More and more high school students are taking college-level courses. According to a 2014 Advanced Placement report by CollegeBoard, more than 1 million public high school students nationwide took at least one AP exam in 2013. Doane’s Three-Year Graduation Program recognizes these students and provide them an opportunity to continue their education at an accelerated pace into college.

 

Students with majors in mind outside of the six offered in this plan won’t necessarily miss out. Depending on courses transferred in, students may work closely with an academic advisor to create an approved plan to graduate in three years. In fact, eight Doane students have already successfully graduated in under four years without an official program in place.

 

About Doane College – Doane is the oldest private liberal arts and sciences college in Nebraska. Doane has campuses in Crete, Grand Island, Lincoln and Omaha, and is consistently ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest by Forbes.comMoney.com, The Princeton Review and U.S.News & World Report among others. Doane was named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as “A Great College to Work For” in 2013 and 2014.

 

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