Winthrop reduces bachelor’s degree requirement to 120 hours

Posted May 9, 2014 6:03 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

It will soon be a little bit easier to graduate from Winthrop University.

Winthrop’s Bord of Trustees Friday approved a plan to reduce the number of credits required to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from 124 to 120.

The plan was recommended by the university’s faculty and is within the guidelines of Winthrop’s accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. SACSCOC requires baccalaureate degrees to include 120 credit hours.

At the College of Charleston, students must complete 122 credit hours. At Clemson University, the requirements vary by program but range between 120-126 credit hours.

Winthrop University president Jamie Comstock Williamson says the new requirements increase attainment and affordability of higher education to students and their families.

“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.

Affordability has been a key priority for Williamson since she became Winthrop’s 10th president in 2013.

The new degree credit requirement takes effect in the Fall of 2012.