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Education digest — Aug. 21

ENMU graduation hour requirement being reduced

Eastern New Mexico University is reducing the number of hours required for graduation for the majority of degree programs from 128 to 120 hours, starting with the fall 2015 undergraduate catalog, according to a school press release.

Jamie Laurenz, vice president for Academic Affairs, said the objective for this reduction in required hours is to have students finish their degrees in a timelier manner. ENMU is hoping this will reduce the cost of college for students, since they can potentially reduce by a semester tuition, living costs and travel expenses.

Laurenz said not all programs will be able to move to 120 hours. For some programs, the need to meet accrediting standards and/or state requirements limit the number of hours that can be cut from the curriculum.

An example is secondary education, where the need to meet state licensure requirements dictate a higher number of hours.

Education Digest is compiled by CNJ staff. Contact managing editor Rick White at 763-6991, or by e-mail:

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