Mesa State now offers degrees in three years

Students hoping to whip through Mesa State College in three years will have a program designed to help them accomplish that task beginning this fall.

The Mav3 Graduation Plan puts a student on a specialized schedule of course work that involves six semesters of classes and may include some January term or summer classes, depending on the bachelor’s degree a person wants to earn and how many college credits a person has when enrolling full time at Mesa State.

The program is designed for students that have time for about 18 credits a semester and know which degree they want soon after enrolling at the school, according to Carol Futhey, vice president of academic affairs.

“If a student is a socialite, this is probably not for them,” Futhey said.

Thirty-two students have finished a four-year degree at the college in two to three years without Mav3, Futhey said. She said 84 percent of those students were women, 30 arrived with college credits, and all but three were from Colorado.

Because some degrees take longer or require extra time for student teaching, music or theater performance, Mav3 is limited to 26 degree programs.

Mesa State Board of Trustees members and college leaders presented the program to School District 51 board of education members, two high school principals, the district’s director of high schools and Superintendent Steve Schultz on Friday during a lunch break from a trustee board meeting.

College President Tim Foster said the program would save students money in tuition, room and board. He asked the district to consider supporting the program if the district’s budget would allow for that.

“Clearly there’s some things we’d have to work out, but we want to have that discussion,” Schultz said.

The trustees also approved four new degree programs during Friday’s meeting.

Beginning in spring 2011, the college plans to begin accepting students into its new Doctor of Nurse Practice program and the new Master of Science in Nursing program. The programs will have to be approved by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

The master’s program is for students hoping to be a leader or educator in a school or health care setting, while the doctor program will help students become family nurse practitioners or advance practice nurses.

The college also plans to roll out a bachelor of applied science degree in hospitality management this fall and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering technology in spring 2011.


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