KU teams up with community colleges, high schools for "Degree in 3" program

June 12, 2018 - 5:22 pm

School leaders from across the area gathered at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus on Tuesday to formalize an agreement for the new "Degree in 3" program. It offers an accelerated path to a bachelor's degree.

"High-achieving high school students who are taking concurrent enrollment courses who want to move on to the community college get their associate's degree.  And that may be where they choose to stop. That may be a great end point for them.  But some of them will want to go on to get a four-year degree.  They can do that, get that four-year degree...in three years. That's a good deal for all of us," says Edwards campus Vice Chancellor David Cook.

Students earn college credits in high school, complete an associate's degree one year after graduating and complete an Edwards Campus bachelor’s degree two years later.

Degree in 3 also gives Missouri students access to the MetroRate, which cuts down on their tutition costs.

Officials say it'll also help students get into the workforce faster with less debt.

There are several programs participating in the "Degree in 3" program: Blue Valley CAPS, Kansas City Kansas Public Schools Diploma+,  Olathe 21st Century Academies, Shawnee Mission Signature Programs, Southland CAPS, Summit Technology Academy, Johnson County Community College, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Metropolitan Community College, and KU Edwards Campus.

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