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College looks at degrees with fewer credits

This week the Barton Community College Board of Trustees will discuss a general education proposal to reduce the number of credits required to earn an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of General Studies degree. The proposal is on the agenda for the board’s October study session, set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Room F-30 of the Fine Arts Auditorium.

The proposal isn’t unique to Barton. It has been proposed that degrees that now require 64 credit hours move to 60-credit degrees in the future, which will allow more students to graduate in two years. A student needs 120 credits for a bachelor’s degree.

The board will also discuss extending the facilities naming contract for the Kirkman Building’s weight room. The naming of the Kip & Kelly Spray Family Strength Training Center has been extended twice, and the current term is through 2037. According to agenda materials, Kip and Kelly Spray have recently donated an additional $119,000 to the athletic department and would like to extend the term of the contract by 10 years, through 2047.

Other items on Tuesday’s agenda: September financial statement, credit for prior learning and Apply Kansas.