Historically Black University Plans Program That Will Bestow Bachelor’s Degrees to Students Two Years After They Complete High School

The University of the District of Columbia, the historically black educational institution in the nation’s capital, has announced plans to offer an expedited bachelor’s degree program in which students would earn their degree only two years after graduating from high school. Under the plan, high-performing students at the city’s top high schools would begin taking college courses in their junior year. These college courses would earn credit toward both their high school diploma and their college degree. Students would receive their high school diploma at the normal time and then continue with two more years of college before earning their bachelor’s degree.

The university hopes to begin the program next fall with 15 to 20 students from two high schools.