Johnson State Announces 'Finish in Four' Program to Help Students Earn a Bachelor's Degree Within Four Years

Johnson State College has announced a new program guaranteeing that undergraduate students can finish a bachelor's degree program in four years, saving them money and allowing them to enter the workforce more quickly. Called "Finish in Four," the program is modeled after similar programs at a handful of U.S. colleges and universities. 

 

JSC's pilot "Finish in Four" program will be rolled out in the 2014-15 academic year in select majors. All but three undergraduate programs are expected to be fully implemented by fall 2015.

 

Under the program, students will sign a contract with their advisors to meet certain conditions in order to "finish in four." The college will ensure that a student's graduation in four years will not be delayed by course availability.

 

"We know it's important to students and parents that an undergraduate degree can be completed within four years, and we're committed to doing our part to ensure that happens," said Sara Kinerson, the college's director of advising. "Completing a degree at JSC in four years is absolutely possible. The 'Finish in Four' program clarifies the four-year path to graduation and clearly outlines what the students, and the college, must do for this to be achieved."

 

Among the highlights of "Finish in Four":

 

Students will receive a four-year graduation plan listing all courses they must successfully complete in order to obtain a degree. They will be required to remain in good academic standing and meet all graduation requirements.

The "Finish in Four" contract will formalize students' relationships with their academic advisors. Students will be required to meet with their advisors and receive approval before registering for courses and before adding or dropping a course. "Advising will be an integral piece of the program," Kinerson said.

Participants in good academic standing at the end of the first year will receive priority for course enrollment.

Johnson State’s new program emerged in response to President Obama's goals to increase college affordability and ensure that more students complete college and find well-paying jobs, Kinerson said.

For more information about the "Finish in Four" program, contact Sara Kinerson in JSC's Advising & Career Center at sara.kinerson@jsc.edu or 802-635-1258.