UHV already working to have really attractive offerings

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Aug. 2, 2009 at 3:02 a.m.

The three-year degree, now an option at the University of Houston-Victoria, promises to be a great choice for those who want to accelerate their education to finish a degree, either to continue work on a master's degree or to enter the workforce.

Called the Degree in Three program, students would enter the university as a freshman and finish a bachelor's degree in three years. Students would average 40 hours a year - including summers - to still meet the 120 hours required by the state for an undergraduate degree.

The new program is common in Europe, according to Jeffery Di Leo, the program's coordinator and UHV dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

A big plus to the second year of the program is the ability to travel abroad for up to 15 weeks and study in one of UHV's sister universities. Those foreign sister universities are located in Spain, Mexico, England and China.

The budding program, still awaiting approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities before undergraduates can be admitted, offers degrees in communication, criminal justice, English, history, psychology and education.

We think the administration at UHV is innovative in planning its first years as a four-year university. UHV won its four-year status when Gov. Rick Perry in June signed House Bill 1056 into law. Offering an optional way to finish an undergraduate degree is another attraction that the university has made for itself. Of course, students can still experience the traditional four-year undergraduate program if they wish.

We look forward to UHV's success and its inaugural years as a university with full offerings.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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