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05/09/2014

Trustees Approve Faculty Recommendation to Streamline Graduation Requirement, Improve Affordability

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 The faculty recommendation streamlines the minimum number of hours required for a bachelor's degree from 124 to 120.
 Winthrop's Board of Trustees unanimously approved the minimum hours resolution at its May 9 quarterly meeting.
 The resolution had the backing of Winthrop's Academic Council, Faculty Conference and provost, in addition to the president.

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President Williamson
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Beginning in the fall, Winthrop University students will be more likely to graduate on time, as a result of a faculty recommendation streamlining the minimum number of hours required for a bachelor's degree from 124 to 120.

"By encouraging students to graduate on time, we help them and their families keep the cost of a Winthrop education as low as possible," said Winthrop President Jamie Comstock Williamson.

The university's accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, requires baccalaureate degrees to have at least 120 credit hours. Many of Winthrop's peer institutions use the 120 credit hour mark as well.

Williamson noted that even a small reduction in the number of required hours can encourage degree attainment and increase affordability for students and their families. Affordability has been a key priority for Williamson since she became Winthrop's 10th president in 2013.

Winthrop's Board of Trustees unanimously approved the minimum hours resolution at its May 9 quarterly meeting. The resolution had the backing of Winthrop's Academic Council, Faculty Conference and provost, in addition to the president.

For more information, please contact Judy Longshaw, news and media services manager, at 803/323-2404 or email longshawj@winthrop.edu.

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