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Are three-year degree programs the answer?


With a few key improvements, three-year programs can be a terrific option

A three-year bachelor's degree may help students dodge some of the increasingly burdensome debt associated with higher education--that is, if the programs can get off the ground.

At least 32 institutions offer programs that help students graduate in three years, and more colleges and universities are expected to follow suit. Many of these three-year degree programs have existed for more than 10 years, notes Paul Weinstein Jr., a senior fellow of
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  • Laura Ascione