Kent State University plans to award associate degrees to students enrolled in four-year programs

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Kent State University plans to award two-year associate degrees to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree – whether they want them or not.

Provost Todd Diacon said the reason is two-fold - to give students a credential and potentially provide the university with more state funding since it will now be based on degrees and student success.

“A growing amount of research suggests that when you award the associate degree on the way to a bachelor’s degree it helps improve student success,” he said. “It gives a meaningful milestone for the students to reinforce they are making progress.”

Most students seeking a bachelor’s degree complete 60 credit hours of courses in their first two years that would qualify them for an associate’s degree, Diacon said.

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