Mary Baldwin offers new fast-track program for students

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) - Among the big changes coming soon to Mary Baldwin College, soon to be Mary Baldwin University, are new fast-track degree programs.

Starting this fall, students enrolled in health science and education can take part in the pilot curriculum — aimed at improving the process of earning a degree.

According to Crista Cabe, the V.P. for Public Relations at MBC, those participating will be given more opportunities to learn in a more constructive way.

"We are creating a lot of enrichment activities outside of the classroom to really drive that learning home and get the students the practical experience they need," said Crista Cabe.

Cabe also said the program is designed to allow students the chance to earn their degree in less time than the traditional four years which could save money and time.

The fast-track program will be expanded to additional students in the fall 2017.

The new program is part of a larger change at the institution which will drop the name 'college' to become a 'university' at the end of the month.

"In a lot of ways, the name change reflects who we already are," said Cabe. "We already offer bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees."

Cabe said the new structure at the college, which includes four separate cohorts, better delivers the needs of students.

"The idea of this small university is one that I think is very powerful and one in which we can do things [...] that really serve the needs of students and society."

The first day of school for the fall semester at Mary Baldwin is Monday, August 29.

The university unveiling ceremony will be Wednesday, August 31.