Three-year bachelor’s programs allow students to complete their undergraduate degree in three years, rather than four. This can be accomplished by taking a more streamlined curriculum, taking more credit hours per semester, attending summer sessions, and/or taking online courses.
Traditionally, colleges have hired faculty from the ranks of recent PhD graduates, using tenuretrack positions as bait to lure new hires who, upon completing a rigorous academic career crash course, are presumably enticed by the benefits package commensurate with the professorate.
Work and the rest of life’s complexities can chew away chunks of your time each day of the week, but your education doesn’t have to suffer while your schedule prevents you from spending time in a classroom.
A lot of people would love to attend college, but when they look at the cost of tuition alone, they experience sticker shock. Along with the price of attending college, there are expensive textbooks and transportation costs. These are the expenses you have when you are living off campus at home.
From the fall of the Roman Republic–when a large municipal school system gave way to the Dark Ages–and even as far back as the Academy in Ancient Greece, many of the ideas that shape higher education today have been at work.
My thanks to Dartmouth for inviting me to participate in the Daniel Webster Project. I particularly love to come to Hanover. I teach American economic history, and forever am telling students two things about the extraordinary 1819 Supreme Court battle in Dartmouth College v. Woodward.