ASU to offer three-year bachelor's degree programs?

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TEMPE -- Arizona State University is considering a cheaper and shorter alternative for students looking to earn bachelor's degrees -- a network of three-year-colleges.

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ASU considering three-year degree - Arizona State University is looking at creating a network of lower-priced colleges that will allow students to earn a bachelor's degree in just three years.

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According to ASU President Michael Crow, only a few select majors would be available at these colleges. Students would be able to attend both traditional classes, as well as online course.

ASU officials estimate that such three-year programs could save students some 40 percent in tuition and fees. That's more than $11,000.

The Arizona Board of Regents is expected to discuss the plan at its Thursday meeting. A vote on the proposal is not expected until later this year.

If the board green-lights the plan, called Undergraduate Colleges @ ASU, the university would like to open the first one, which would have room for 1,000 to 3,000 students, in time for fall 2010 enrollment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.