I previously posted here on the phenomenon of 3-year bachelor’s degrees, which some institutions see as a way to meet the needs of students who had difficulty affording expensive tuition without sacrificing college access.
The Washington Post has its own story on this phenomenon:
The four-year bachelor’s degree has been the model in the United States since the first universities began operating before the American Revolution. Four-year degrees were designed in large part to provide a broad-based education that teaches young people to analyze and think critically, considered vital preparation to participate in the civic life of American democracy.
The three-year degree is the common model at the University of Cambridge and Oxford University in England, and some U.S. schools have begun experimenting with the idea. To cram four years of study into three, some will require summer work, others will shave course lengths and some might cut the number of credit hours required.