CAMPUS TECHNOLOGY: Trident Tries Shorter Online Courses

Career College Central Summary:

  • Can shorter courses lead to better outcomes? A for-profit online university will soon find out when it adds an option for eight-week terms to its program offerings. Trident University International announced that it would be launching a "Fastrac" structure starting in May with the expectation that the dual offering will give its students "increased flexibility" and the institution improved completion rates.
  • The university's 13,000 students are primarily active military. The school has degrees at the bachelor, master's and PhD level.
  • The new Fastrac program will enable those students who choose it to complete more sessions each year, the university said in a statement, and speed up the time to graduation. However, the school will continue offering its 12-week terms as well, based on the results of a survey in which 70 percent of students recommended offering both. The same survey found that most students expected to switch to the new format. All doctoral courses will remain in the 12-week structure.

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