MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A UW System School in our area says it's trying to get students degrees faster, in an effort to keep their costs down.
UW-Stout is changing its major requirements to make sure students graduate in four years.
The university says the idea behind it is to save students money and get them out in job market as soon as possible.
It says an average student graduates from Stout with nearly $3,000 in debt. That's why the university is cutting the number of credits each student’s needs, to get them into the working world faster.
Out of 44 of its majors, UW-Stout cut required credits for 40 of them. They'll go from nearly 150 credits per major down to 120 starting this school year.
The Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Jackie Weissenburger says there were several ways to reduce the credit count; one of them is combining two classes into a single three or four credit course.
“They were some courses where we were able to simply reduce it from three to four credits, or from thre to two credits,” said Weissenburger.
The school says they hope the four year guarantee will also help UW-Stout stand out to perspective students and their parents.
Kate Raglend was shopping for schools for her daughter Wednesday. She’s looking at going to college next year, and mom says Stout is in the running.
“I don't want her to be buried in debt before she even gets her first job,” explained
She says any school that focuses on cutting costs for students would make it to the top of their list.
“Perspective students and their parents are very mindful of the value of higher education. They're becoming good consumers and they compare and shop and I think that we're doing our best here at Stout to make sure that we're reducing costs and make perspective students and parents think about that when they make their decision,” explained Weissenburger.
The university says it's giving its students the same quality education, even though they'll end up with fewer credits. It says improvements it made during the summer will actually make their experience even better.
“I think you'll find that our students will be leave here with the same or better quality or pieces of knowledge as well as skills,” added Weissenburger.
And UW-Stout says those who chose to take up a minor or another major would still be able to.